Friday, 30 Oct 2020

Vegan campaigners battered with KFC chicken legs during butchers protest

Vegan activists were pelted with KFC chicken legs as they staged a protest outside a butchers.

Campaigners were holding a Friends not Food demonstration in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, when they were taunted and filmed by people in a passing car outside Wayne Walker Quality Meats in Longport.

Bradley Shaw, 22, was part of the protest and said staff at the butchers "gave us a bit of stick and told us to clear off" when the group first arrive, StokeonTrentLive reports.

He said: "At one point a car went around the roundabout and we were hit by a chicken leg. There's a KFC just up the road so I think they had seen us and gone there and decided to taunt us.

"We could see their mates filming in the car and hear them shouting and laughing. They just think it’s a bit of fun to have a go at a vegan."

The activists are members of Stoke-on-Trent Animal Rights Activists (S.T.A.R).

Bradley admitted he is "used to getting ridiculed" for his beliefs but said the group had a "good response from the community overall" despite the chicken leg incident.

Police were called to the protest on Saturday but the activists were not doing anything illegal.

Michael Patrick, store manager at Wayne Walker's, said he "doesn't have a problem with what they stand for" but added the protesters should not "push their agenda onto other people".

He said: "Their biggest problem seemed to be that we sell meat at low prices but we don't actually slaughter any animals.

"Thankfully the protest didn't put off any of our customers. In fact, it was more like free publicity."

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