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UK-US trade pact opposed with Trump, cows and pigs as props

Demonstrators dressed as chickens, a cow and President Donald Trump gathered Saturday in London to protest a proposed U.S.-U.K. trade deal that activists say will lower food safety standards.

Some 50 people assembled near the Houses of Parliament to protest the ongoing negotiations for the trade deal, which the U.K. government is counting on to cushion the impact of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Demonstrators are worried the agreement will relax rules for food imports from the U.S.

One protester wore an oversized Trump head and carried a giant syringe to highlight concerns that beef treated with hormones could be sold in the U.K. Critics are also worried about the importation of chickens washed in chlorine, a practice they suggest covers up poor animal husbandry practices.

A man imitates the injection of hormones into a man in a cow costume, in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP PhotoAlberto Pezzali)

Another demonstrator dressed as a cow named Daisy. Asked whether she was uneasy about the possible lowering of food standards, she nodded and said: “Moo.’’

A man imitates the injection of hormones into a man in a cow costume, in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP PhotoAlberto Pezzali)

A man imitates the injection of hormones into a man in a cow costume, in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP PhotoAlberto Pezzali)

Demonstrators wearing pig masks hold a banner against the tread deal between the UK and the US, in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP PhotoAlberto Pezzali)

Demonstrators wear pig masks in Parliament Square, as part of a day of action against the US trade deal, ten days before the US Presidential election, in London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. There will will be protests held nationwide against a proposed US trade deal, opposed by a number of organisations including Global Justice Now and Stop Trump Coalition. (AP PhotoAlberto Pezzali)

A demonstrator dressed as Donald Trump holding a syringe pretends to inject a pantomime cow during the Stop Trump Coalition protest in Parliament Square, London, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 ahead of the US Presidential election on Nov. 3. (Jonathan BradyPA via AP)