Animal Riot occupies Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant | Environmental activism

Local weather disaster activists occupied Gordon Ramsay’s three-star Michelin restaurant in London’s Chelsea on Saturday night to protest on the “good inequality” such high-end eating venues characterize.

Members of Animal Riot entered Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Highway, Chelsea at about 6pm.

They sat at tables reserved for visitors and held mock menus outlining the environmental prices of things on the restaurant’s menu, together with steak and veal.

In an announcement, the group stated that they’re campaigning for a plant-based meals system and the creation of a mass-rewilding programme.

Lucia Alexander, a 39-year-old auxiliary nurse from the east of England who took half within the motion, stated: “This restaurant is the proper instance of the inequality we face within the UK proper now.

“Whereas Gordon Ramsay serves meals costing a minimal of £155 per individual, greater than 2 million persons are counting on meals banks on this price of dwelling disaster.

Animal Rebellion activists enter Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea restaurant.
Animal Riot activists enter Gordon Ramsay’s Chelsea restaurant. {Photograph}: Plant based mostly future.

“As a substitute of eating places making colossal earnings on the expense of animals, employees, and our local weather, we have to feed everybody by supporting farmers and fishing communities in a transition to a plant-based meals system.

“A plant-based meals system requires 75% much less farmland to develop meals, permitting us to feed thousands and thousands of further folks with out the reliance on exploitative and inefficient animal farming industries. That is the reply to the price of dwelling and local weather crises.”

The group stated that 14 activists took half within the protest, and added: “At 8pm the restaurant closed for enterprise and the protesters left peacefully by means of the entrance door.”

The Metropolitan police stated they had been known as to the restaurant shortly earlier than 6.30pm “to experiences of a bunch of protesters refusing to go away the premises”.

It added: “The restaurant was closed and the protesters left. There have been no arrests.”

A spokesperson for Restaurant Gordon Ramsay stated that reservations had been cancelled and repair was so disrupted that the restaurant needed to shut.

The spokesperson added: “Everyone seems to be entitled to their opinions and beliefs. Nonetheless, to power your approach right into a restaurant, disturbing hard-working employees going about their jobs and ruining the night of visitors who’ve waited months for his or her reservations is extremely inappropriate and deeply disrespectful.”

Animal Riot describes itself as “a mass motion utilizing nonviolent civil disobedience to name for a simply, sustainable plant-based meals system”.

This week certainly one of its activists was arrested after reportedly approaching Sir David Attenborough at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the south coast.