Smithfield bone man brands Extinction Rebellion protesters 'disgraceful' after meat market picket

8 October 2019, 11:05

By Megan White

The man who disposes of bones from Smithfield Meat Market has branded Extinction Rebellion protesters “disgraceful” after they picketed the famous market.

Activists blocked the entrances to the Farringdon market as part of their two-week International Rebellion.

The offshoot group, called Animal Rebellion, transformed the meat market into a totally vegan space, with dozens of tents pitched in the historic building.

Speaking to LBC, Perry the Bone Man said the protests could put people out of work and said the activists “want to go backwards.”

He said: "It would normally be quite busy here. I've been coming here for nearly 40 years and I think it's disgraceful.

"We haven't caused the problems around the world with whatever they're talking about. It's not caused by us working people, it's caused by governments.

"Why are they coming to demonstrate against us, possibly putting us out of work?

"I spoke to a gentleman last week and told him, 'you give us an alternative, we'll come and do it.' This is not an alternative. This is just putting people out of work.

"It's the happy clappy mob, isn't it? I'm not going to be able to pay my bills, they're not going to be able to pay their bills.

"They're not interested in paying their bills. They want to go backwards. It's like Blackadder in there. They want to live on spinach and carrots all through the winter. I don't think so."