"People Will Lose Their Jobs Because Of You" Nick Ferrari Tells Smithfield Protester

19 August 2019, 09:50

Nick Ferrari told a protester planning to shut down Smithfield Meat Market for two weeks that his action will end with people losing their jobs.

Animal rights activists are planning to blockade Smithfield Market, the largest wholesale meat market in the UK, in October in an extension of the of Extinction Rebellion climate protests.

They want to end the industries of animal farming and fishing and transition to a plant-based food system.

Alex Lockwood, a representative of Animal Rebellion, told Nick: "We're asking for the same thing that the United Nations are asking for. They said we need to drastically change how we use land on the planet and if we don't, then we can't stop climate change.

"It's about shifting us to a more plant-based food system."

Nick had a robust discussion with an anti-meat campaigner
Nick had a robust discussion with an anti-meat campaigner. Picture: LBC / PA

But Nick told him: "Presumably there is a risk that some farmers, some butchers, some livestock retailers, they'll go bust.

"Aren't you putting people's livelihoods at risk if you close the market for two weeks? I would imagine not everyone would survive.

"You and your colleagues could put people out of work."

Nick then found out that Mr Lockwood was an academic and added: "So you're ok, but other people will lose their jobs. How fair is that?"

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Russian invasion of Ukraine made Nato 'look again' at military capability, says defence chief

Russian invasion of Ukraine made Nato 'look again' at military capability, says defence chief

There's an 'ethical and political vacuum in No10', says former chief of staff

There's an 'ethical and political vacuum in No10', says former chief of staff

Nick Ferrari grilled Priti Patel on her Rwanda migrant plan.

Rwanda migrant plan is not 'appalling' but 'should be a deterrent', Priti Patel tells LBC

Exclusive
Lord Bilimoria, outgoing president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) speaks to Nick Ferrari at Breakfast.

'Reduce taxes now': Outgoing CBI chief calls on Rishi to slash 'highest taxes in 70 years'

Grant Shapps has criticised the RMT leader Mick Lynch.

Rail strike called under 'false pretences' by RMT's '1970s union baron' boss, says Shapps

Ofgem chief warns price cap hike 'could be more' than predicted £800

Ofgem chief warns price cap hike 'could be more' than predicted £800

Exclusive
The chairman of Network Rail Sir Peter Hendy has told LBC the industry can be run more effectively with fewer staff.

'Steam age' railway can be run more effectively with fewer staff, rail boss says

Rail strikes will cause "misery for millions"

'Driving unrest and stoking unrealistic expectations': Minister slams RMT ahead of strikes

'What's the point of advisors?!': Nick Ferrari baffled by resignation of Lord Geidt

'What's the point of advisors?!': Nick Ferrari baffled by resignation of Lord Geidt

The minister was speaking to LBC 's Nick Ferrari

Minister calls on Mayor of London to drop congestion charge on rail strike days

Nick reacts to the cancellation of the Rwanda flight

'Who runs Britain?': Nick Ferrari slams 'lefty lawyers' for 'holding UK hostage'

Exclusive
High Court judge has ruled Archie's treatment should be stopped and his life support turned off

'He won't give up': Archie Battersbee's mum vows to fight ruling to end son's life

RMT boss can't rule out general strike and warns 'rich have never been richer'

RMT chief doesn't rule out general strike and says 'rich have never been richer'

Exclusive
The Prime Minister was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Boris Johnson says he is 'bringing in tax cuts as fast as we can'

Exclusive
Boris Johnson defended the government's Rwanda migrant plans

'It’s the government’s job': PM hits back at Charles in Rwanda migrants flights row

Nick Ferrari baffled by anti-smoking watershed recommendation for films like Popeye

Nick Ferrari baffled by anti-smoking watershed recommendation for films like Popeye