Meat Industry Ireland has, this morning (Thursday, August 8th), said that “businesses, as a last resort, have been left with no choice other than to seek a legal remedy in an effort to prevent Beef Plan from causing further damage to the Irish beef industry”.
“Beef Plan leadership must bear full responsibility for its actions and the resultant damage caused.”
‘Significant and irreparable damage’
MII said it acknowledges the right of suppliers to organise a peaceful protest; however, “the unlawful behaviour of some protestors at certain sites has caused significant and irreparable damage to the beef industry”.
“The continued intimidation of fellow farmer suppliers, company employees, government-assigned veterinarians and other service providers including hauliers is unacceptable.”
MII stressed that as a result of the Beef Movement’s campaign of “illegal blockades, companies have been forced to lay-out employees with more expected to be laid-off in the coming days as operations grind to a halt”.
“At this point, Beef Plan has been responsible for the closure of some 14 plants, while many other plants are now operating well below capacity due to intimidation and breaches of the rule of law.”