Vegan Activists stage another supermarket protest in New Zealand causing Inconvenience

Vegan Activists Stand with Signs to Stop People from Buying Meat

A group of people from Direct Action Anywhere holding signs against non-vegans stormed in St. Luke’s supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand to try and stop meat-eaters from buying their steak.

Video footage was taken of the protesters forming a barrier in front of the meat aisle with placards bearing messages such as “Stop eating animals” and “It’s not food it’s violence”. The shoppers found it extremely annoying.

The film made it online with shoppers shouting at protesters for violating their shopping experience and asking them to leave.

One woman could be heard shouting “Take your camera off me, I’m doing my f**king shopping. I’m doing my shopping unless you’re going to pay for my shopping you can f**k off.”

Not the happiest of shoppers you‘d normally meet in a supermarket, for sure. Others also felt “disgusted” and informed them to “get out” of their faces.

However, it wasn’t an easy task for security as the protesters still kept their ground even after several attempts, until security eventually called the police.

“We reserve the right to ask anyone undertaking protest action to leave our stores, however on this occasion this request was ignored several times. The police were called to support our team and the protestors left shortly afterwards” said a spokesperson for the Countdown store.

The protesters did finally leave but not silently, as all chanted “It’s not food it’s violence” before continuing their protest in the Westfield mall.

Not for Anna Rippon though, as the leader of the group felt it was a “peaceful” protest for the victims whose mistreatment is unheard behind closed doors.

Deno Stokes – another group member – also defended their actions saying: “I think that the way those animal parts have been put in the supermarket is far more extreme than what we’re doing, we’re not doing any damage to anything, we’re just standing with a sign.”

What’s right in all of this? Preventing people from shopping? Protesting? Killing animals for food? Eating meat? The opposing sides need to understand each other better.

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Jacobus Lavooij

Jacobus is an experienced editor and writer whose interest vegan issues began with understanding the environmental consequences of the food industry. He loves vegan food and is a passionate communicator of its benefits. He is a Dutch national and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Contact:
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