A butcher from Leeds, U.K. has been filmed waving raw meat at vegan protesters.
The security guards asked the protesters to leave Kirkgate Market in the center of the city, but they refused. It was then when the butcher got angry and approached them with a meat he had grabbed from his counter. He then forced the meat, which appears to be a long T-Bone steak and a rack of ribs to their faces.
The vegan protester who recorded the footage and bore the brunt of the barrage is Ginette Lindstrom. She said that the protest had been intended to be a silent one and without any graphic placards. However, they received a particularly hateful response. According to her, the insults began immediately as they turned the corner and became visible to the butchers. She felt that it was important to capture the moment live so people could see that the protesters remained peaceful at all times.
“The butcher physically assaulted me with the animal body parts. He pushed them in my face and into the face of two others and forced it to the mouth of another who got animal blood on her cheek.”
It wasn’t just the natural nemesis of the vegan – the butchers who took issue with the protest. They were joined by the owners of the vegetable stall nearby who also started ‘chasing off’ the vegans. You can check the full video below:
Ginette had water thrown at her and the other protesters from the vegetable stall owners. Everyone got verbally attacked, with very violent verbal threats. Another butcher even sat a whole pig’s head on top of his counter just in front of the protesters.
Since the video was uploaded on the Internet, Ginette received both support and criticism from people online. She said:
“The reaction has been mixed as we expected but this post has really highlighted some extremely twisted and disturbed individuals and promoters for the agricultural industry.”
The incident has been reported to the local police.