XR Animal rights protesters scale Home Office building in Westminster.

ANIMAL rights protesters scaled London's Home Office building this morning to demand a plant-based food system.

The activists, from Animal Rebellion, used ladders, ropes and harnesses to climb 20 metres up the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) headquarters in Westminster shortly after 6am.

The group, which "stands in solidarity with Extinction Rebellion", staged the dangerous demonstration ahead of the United Nations climate change summit COP26 on Sunday.

They are urging the government to "defund meat and subsidise a plant-based transition".

A banner with their message to "invest in a plant-based future" was unfurled from the top of the building.

A spokesperson for the "mass movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience to bring about a transition" said: "Meat and dairy is one of the leading producers of greenhouse gases and causes 90 per cent of Amazon deforestation.

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