Jacob Rees-Mogg calls protestors dressed as chickens 'bird brained'

Chicken Protestors

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A group of chicken-suited protestors have been dubbed "bird brained" by Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

The group gathered outside Rees-Mogg's constituency surgery in Saltford to campaign against forming a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, which could result in the UK importing chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, which are banned under current EU rules.

They claimed that the Conservative MP was supporting a "secret trade deal with Trump" which they believe would put Somerset farmers out of business by "flooding the UK with dodgy US foods".



The protestors were from Global Justice Bristol, an offshoot of the campaign group Global Justice Now, which describes itself as a "democratic social justice organisation".

"Jacob Rees-Mogg wants a Trump trade deal that will flood the UK with US chlorinated chicken, hormone-injected beef and other foods banned here because they are produced with appallingly low animal welfare and health standards. This will drive many Somerset farmers out of business," said Global Justice Bristol member, Zarria Phillips.

She added: "Even if our farmers lowered their animal welfare and food standards too, many still couldn’t compete with huge US farms, and would then also lose access to EU markets which require better standards."


'Bird brained'

Protestor Zarria Phillips speaks to Jacob Rees-Mogg. Image: Global Justice Bristol

When asked by talkRADIO whether he had a comment on the protestors in chicken costumes, Rees-Mogg replied: "Bird brained?".

Rees-Mogg has previously said he is "absolutely fine" with eating chlorinated chicken and "saw no issue with importing it" into the UK.

"I'm not in the least bit worried about chlorinated chicken. As a frequent visitor to the US in the past, I'm bound to have eaten quite a lot of chlorinated chicken without noticing," he told a fringe event at the 2017 Conservative party conference.

The National Farmers Union's director of strategy, Martin Haworth, said UK farmers could be put at a "competitive disadvantage" if US food was widely imported.

"Trade is an important issue for the farming sector; new markets for British food across the globe could further farming’s contribution to the economy but we do not believe the British public would want our own farmers to be put at a competitive disadvantage by allowing the import of food produced to different standards and using methods which are not allowed in Britain," he said.