Dozens Of Vegan Demonstrators Block Peak-Hour Traffic In Melbourne’s CBD

Dozens of vegan protesters caused traffic chaos in Melbourne‘s CBD this morning as part of coordinated demonstrations against Australia‘s livestock industry.

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Demonstrators took to the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street around 7am, bearing placards with pro-vegan slogans and advocating for controversial 2018 documentary Dominion.

Footage from the scene appeared to show demonstrators chained to vans.

The protest caused headaches for commuters. Police diverted peak-hour traffic around the area, while many major tram lines were also forced to take alternate routes.

The Melbourne demonstration coincided with protest action further afield. 3AW reported protesters barricaded the entrance of the MC Herd abattoir in Geelong, while an animal rights group told the ABC its members had chained themselves to abattoir equipment in Yangan, near Brisbane.

The protests comes one year after the release of Dominion, which animal rights advocates say catalogues the routine and industrial-scale abuse of Australian livestock.

Today’s demonstrations also come amid increasing scrutiny in Queensland, as the State Government gears up to enforce tougher penalties on farm trespassers.

Commuters have been advised to check the Yarra Trams website for details regarding their services, while the demonstrators have advised folks to stop eating meat.