The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

Vegan protestors wore chicken masks to demonstrate in Nando's (Occupy Nando's)
Vegan protestors wore chicken masks to demonstrate in Nando's (Occupy Nando's)

Nando's protest: Animal rights activists storm Brighton restaurant wearing chicken masks

The group urges Nando's to 'turn their entire menu vegan'

Chelsea Ritschel
Thursday 23 May 2019 16:25

Animal rights activists wearing chicken masks held a demonstration in Nando’s in Brighton, where they protested the inhumane treatment of chickens and promoted a vegan lifestyle.

On Wednesday, the protesters, who refer to themselves as Occupy Nando’s, entered the restaurant and played footage taken by activist groups Surge Activism and Animal Equality UK from chicken farms that supply meat to Nando’s as well as Aldi and Asda.

According to Occupy Nando’s, the videos show disturbing treatment of chickens at the hands of workers, as well as birds “so heavy they collapse under the weight of their own bodies”.

The group of 10 protestors remained in the Nando’s for 20 minutes, according to iNews, with one activist announcing to the popular chicken restaurant: “A chicken is an individual. A living, thinking, feeling being.

“A chicken can feel distress, and recognise stress in others. A chicken can feel empathy for others too. Shouldn’t we, as human beings, show empathy for these suffering individuals?”

According to a spokesperson for Occupy Nando’s, who spoke to The Independent: “The protests are just one part of collective actions in many different ways to achieve a vegan world, where animals and humans are not exploited for our food choices, entertainment or what we wear.

Vegan protestors showed videos of chicken farms in Nando's on Wednesday (Occupy Nando's)
The protestors want Nando's to implement a vegan menu (Occupy Nando's)

“In this action specifically we disrupt to show up in places that sell violence. We urge Nando’s to turn their entire menu vegan: we are not asking for better conditions for the animals they have been documented abusing, we want total animal liberation.”

The group wore chicken heads during the protest (Occupy Nando's)
Occupy Nando's protestors staged a demonstration on Wednesday night (Occupy Nando's)

On the group’s Facebook page, the activists call upon others to “occupy Nando’s restaurants in protest” and bring awareness to customers.

The group also outlines specific plans for protesters, including speeches and tips for dealing with police if they are called.

To spread awareness to the cause, the group has asked that those who stage protests share them on social media under the hashtag #OccupyNandos.

In a statement, a spokesperson from Nando’s confirmed there was a “small organised disturbance” on Wednesday and that police were called.

Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events

“We can confirm that there was a small organised disturbance in one of our Brighton restaurants on Wednesday night and we are sorry for those customers who had their meals interrupted,” the company said. “We worked with the local police to minimise any disruption in a peaceful way and allow our customers to enjoy their meal and have a great night.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in