Vegan protesters arrested at Cranswick pork facility in Norfolk

By William Dodds

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The facility is dedicated to producing pork products. Credit: Getty / ChristiLaLiberte
The facility is dedicated to producing pork products. Credit: Getty / ChristiLaLiberte

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Seven protesters were arrested at a Cranswick facility in Watton on 3 April 2024, Norfolk Police has confirmed.

The protesters were arrested and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning after they gained entry to the facility on Brandon Road at 6.07am.

Three men in their 30s, one in his 20s and a fifth in his 50s have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass. A woman in her 30s has also been arrested for aggravated trespass and a woman in her 20s on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass.

Prior to the arrests, vegan activist Joey Carbstrong posted photos of himself and other protesters at the site on social media, explaining that the action was part of a “wider campaign to raise awareness for the plight of pigs”.

“Since around 6am this morning we’ve been occupying the top of an active pig gas chamber owned by Cranswick Country Foods,”​ Carbstrong said on X (formerly Twitter).

“This action follows my latest investigation, featured in the independent, which found pigs being hit in the face before being gassed to death in horrific torture."

He concluded: "Please don’t support any industry that exploits sentient animals, help us share the truth and live vegan!"

Cranswick operates 18 sites in the UK, with the facility in Watton dedicated to producing "fresh pork, sausages and added value meal solutions".

In response to a request for comment from Food Manufacture, a Cranswick spokesperson said: “There is an ongoing criminal incident taking place at the Cranswick site in Watton, Norfolk and as such, we are unable to comment at this stage.”

In other news, Asda and Morrisons have recently recalled cheese products because they were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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