Piers Morgan says he'll buy '1,000 Big Macs' after vegans blockade McDonald's to stop burgers getting out

PIERS Morgan is not one to hold back when it comes to his opinion, and the vegans blockade of McDonalds at the weekend has really ticked him off.

Cops arrested 15 people yesterday after animal rights protesters caused chaos at all four depots for a second day.

Campaigners shackled themselves to teetering bamboo towers to seal off the distribution centres in Hemel Hempstead, Basingstoke, Coventry and Heywood at 4.30am on Saturday.

The sit-in meant lorries were unable to take burgers and nuggets to the chain's 1,300 UK restaurants.

Demonstrations only ended early yesterday morning as police broke up crowds.

But not one to hold back, Piers made sure to tweet his disapproval at the fast food restaurant being held up by vegans.

Taking to Twitter he poked fun at the situation by posting: "This makes me want to buy 1000 Big Macs tomorrow."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for McDonald's confirmed that all four sites have reopened and deliveries have resumed.

It's not believed any of the 3.5million people who visit a McDonald's every day in the UK have yet been affected by shortages as a result of the action.

Hampshire Constabulary's Chief Inspector Matt Reeves said: “Everyone has the right to free speech and protest.

"However, officers will take necessary action against the few who deliberately choose to act outside the law.”

Protesters from group Animal Rebellion said they would cause "significant disruption" to the supply chain in a bid to get the company to commit to plant-based meals only by 2025.

Videos posted online show the activists building huge structures from bamboo and sitting on top of lorries ready to take food to branches.

In footage uploaded on Saturday, one protester shows parked-up lorries and says: "They won't be leaving today.

"We've shut the whole place down and not only that, we've shut down distribution centres across the country.

"Four distribution centres across the country, which are the only McDonald's distribution centres in the UK.

"We've shut them all down today."

Animal Rebellion spokesman James Ozden said the action was aimed at calling out the animal agriculture industry for its part in the global climate crisis.

The group says it's in "alliance" with Extinction Rebellion, although the two groups aren't the same.

The group first demonstrated in 2019 when members joined 10,000 people to occupy Trafalgar Square in London.

Two months later, 1,500 volunteers took over Smithfields Market, the oldest meat market in the UK.

And campaigners are launching a six-day 'disrupt G7' campaign in June.

On Saturday a McDonald's spokesperson said the impact on eateries was being assessed and apologised to customers for "any disappointment caused".

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