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Animal rights protesters delay Epsom Derby and are kicked out by police

June 4 (Reuters) – The Epsom Derby was delayed on Saturday after six protesters from campaign group Animal Rebellion entered the course and had to be cleared by police.

Protesters wore scarves with the words ‘Animal Justice’ as they demanded an end to horse racing. The protest came 109 years to the day since suffragette Emily Davison threw herself in front of a horse during the same derby.

“Horse racing claimed the lives of 220 animals at racecourses in the UK last year and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In this country, more than a billion land animals are killed every year for food,” said Orla Coghlan, who was in Epsom. , said in a statement published by Animal Rebellion.

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“Exploitation and violence against animals fuels the climate emergency and suffering across the world. It is clear that we must choose life over death and end the exploitation of animals.”

Surrey Police said six women had been arrested.

“Officers monitoring the Derby at Epsom Downs responded to a protest which took place on the straight at approximately 4.25pm ​​today (June 4),” the statement read. “Six women were immediately detained by officers and arrested for aggravated trespassing, and the race continued as planned.”

Last month, Animal Rebellion blocked McDonald’s distribution centers in Britain to demand the global restaurant chain switch to plant-based foods. Read more

Some of their activists were also involved in unrest during a military parade in London at the start of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Thursday. Read more

Desert Crown, a 5-2 favorite ridden by Richard Kingscote, won to give trainer Michael Stoute his sixth Derby victory.

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Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis

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