Notorious vegan activist slams police officers as ‘sexist’ after they asked she cover her bare chest
A notorious vegan activist called a police officer “sexist” after he asked her to cover her bare chest during one of her public protests.
Tash Peterson, 28, from Western Australia, uploaded images of her semi-nude display at Perth’s Hay Street Mall to her social media on Sunday.
In the video, the plant-based protester holds up a sign that reads, “Kangaroos shot and Joeys beaten to death by Nike shoes,” while wearing a kangaroo jumpsuit.
Three police officers approach Mrs. Peterson and ask her to cover her chest, which is only covered in pink body paint, and go home.
‘We’re just politely asking you to put on a top,’ says one of the officers, to which the activist replies: ‘I was just standing there talking.’
‘No, I’m not going to wear a top,’ she continues. I do not abide by sexist requests.
Three police officers approached Ms. Peterson and asked her to cover her chest, which was only covered in pink body paint, and to go home.
The officer says he doesn’t think what he’s asking for is a sexist request.
“Well, there are topless men walking around all the time and I don’t think he has three policemen behind him, telling him to put on a top,” she replies.
The officer then describes Mrs. Peterson’s stunt as disorderly behavior in public.
“What does insulting, offensive or threatening language or behavior look like?” asks Ms Peterson, explaining that this is how disorder is described in the legislation.
‘So how am I going to break Section 74A of the legislation?’
The officer then stares at his phone before muttering, “No problem.”
The activist posted footage of her interaction with the police on her social media profiles and told her followers not to let them “push” them.
The plant-based protester held a sign that read, “Kangaroos shot and joeys beaten to death by Nike shoes” and wore a kangaroo jumpsuit for the stunt (pictured)
Notorious vegan and animal rights activist Tash Peterson is no stranger to controversy.
‘Stand up for your rights and defend the rights of non-human animals!’ she wrote.
‘The police abused their power, banning me from peacefully protesting in a public space (I was standing in a public area outside a Nike store) because someone complained (apparently that means it’s messy when someone complains) and according to these policemen, the average person is offended by a topless woman.’
Ms Peterson also posted footage of the cardboard sign she was holding being thrown from her hands by a passing shopper.
‘Do you want to come and have a chat partner or are you going to leave like an idiot?’, he yelled at the man, who decided to continue walking.
It comes just months after he sparked controversy online after uploading a video begging Australians to stop referring to animals as ‘it’.
“There’s a huge difference in the way we talk to human animals and non-human animals and at the end of the day we forget that we’re all animals and sentient beings,” he explained in the 10-minute video.
Ms. Peterson described the use of demeaning language and euphemisms to describe animals as anthropocentric.
“I’ve even heard it with people and their dogs and they know the sex of their dog, but they still say it,” he said.
“It’s just not a word to use for an individual, it’s objectifying and devaluing them.” They are not different from us morally.
‘You can say he/she, they/they, or just say the dog or the bird, at least appreciate that they are a living thing.’
Ms. Peterson has received several fines for her semi-nude demonstrations that she has performed in designer stores, restaurants and supermarkets.
Last August, she paraded topless through a Louis Vuitton store in Perth while stained with her own period blood.
Animal rights activist Tash Peterson (pictured) wants Australians to stop calling animals ‘it’ when referring to them
She was heard singing: ‘If you’re not vegan, you’re an animal abuser.’
The activist also dressed up as a cow and rallied in the meat section of supermarkets, stormed the field at an AFLW game and donned a blood-soaked apron while yelling at customers at a KFC and Coles.
She and her partner Jack Higgs were recently kicked out of an IGA supermarket in southern WA for refusing to wear a face mask, calling their treatment an “injustice” and a violation of their “human rights.”
The couple refused to comply with the security guard’s instructions and entered the store before a worker approached them and threatened to call the police.
She told Daily Mail Australia at the time they were ‘caught’ by Prime Minister Mark McGowan’s face mask mandate when they entered the store.
Mrs. Peterson explained that they hadn’t seen many people wearing them days before and had dined at a cafe where they didn’t need a face covering.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted WA Police for comment.