Vegan activist Tash Peterson accuses woman of ‘enslaving’ ponies at Funmantle Festival, Fremantle

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Vegan activist catches family carnival to accuse entertainer of ‘enslaving’ ponies by dressing them up as unicorns for kids to ride

  • Tash Peterson has made headlines in the past for her public protests against meat
  • Saturday she taught a pony handler at Funmantle festival in Fremantle
  • Mrs. Peterson uploaded images of herself confronting workers leading the ponies
  • The 27-year-old yelled at the pony’s owner that it was “blatant slavery.”

A notorious vegan activist descended on a family fair to accuse a child entertainer of ‘enslaving ponies’ by dressing them up as unicorns for kids to ride.

Tash Peterson, who has made headlines in the past for her public anti-meat protests, harassed Ponies For Any Occasion owner Meg Freeman at the Funmantle Children’s Holiday Festival in Fremantle on Saturday.

The 27-year-old shouted ‘animal cruelty’ to Ms. Freeman and her associates in front of shocked children who enjoyed pony rides.

Ms. Peterson uploaded images of herself confronting the workers as they walked the fairgrounds with the ponies, declaring ‘this is slavery’.

Tash Peterson (right, in white) harassed Ponies For Any Occasion owner Meg Freeman (in black) during the Funmantle children's holiday festival in Fremantle on Saturday

Tash Peterson (right, in white) harassed Ponies For Any Occasion owner Meg Freeman (in black) during the Funmantle children’s holiday festival in Fremantle on Saturday

Mrs. Peterson uploaded images of herself confronting the workers as they walked the ponies through the fairground and declared 'this is slavery'

Ms. Peterson uploaded images of herself confronting the workers as they walked the ponies through the fairground, declaring ‘this is slavery’

The activist, dressed in shorts that read 'vegan booty', shouted, 'You use them as show ponies.  Animals are not here for our own entertainment '

The activist, dressed in shorts that read ‘vegan booty’, shouted, ‘You use them as show ponies. Animals are not here for our own entertainment ‘

Ms. Freeman can be heard in the clip commenting: ‘They’re not, they’re happy girls’.

The activist, dressed in shorts that read ‘vegan booty’, then shouted, ‘You use them as show ponies. Animals are not here for our entertainment.

“If it were humans, do you think it would be different?”

Mrs. Freeman then threatened to call security, begging Mrs. Peterson to run away.

It’s blatant slavery. Don’t treat animals like that, they deserve to live free. I stand up for these animals that can’t speak for themselves, ”Mrs. Peterson said.

Ms. Freeman, who seemed visibly distressed, tried to walk away from Ms. Peterson before finally turning and confronting her.

‘Don’t upset the girls. You’re actually aggressive and I don’t think it’s very nice. There are children here, please, ”she said to Mrs. Peterson.

Ms. Peterson uploaded the footage of the tense collision to her Facebook page, where she redoubled her actions.

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“These innocent slaves are subdued and humiliated to make a profit for their slave owners to entertain children,” she wrote alongside the video.

Dressed like unicorns – painted nails, braided hair, flower necklaces and shaved love hearts in their body hair; it is clear that these beautiful beings are objectified and their freedom is stolen from them for the entertainment of someone else.

Ms. Peterson said her protest was a spontaneous decision when she spotted the ponies after leaving the beach with her boyfriend on Saturday afternoon.

“I couldn’t believe what I saw when I saw the depressed faces of those two ponies,” she said.

“Today was a hot and intensely humid day with a lot of smoke in the air from a local fire, and these creatures were subjected to hopping around with children in their faces taking pictures all day long.”

Mrs. Freeman said the barrage of abuse didn't stop there.  She woke up Monday morning to hundreds of vile messages other vegan activists sent to her phone and email

Mrs. Freeman said the barrage of abuse didn’t stop there. She woke up Monday morning to hundreds of vile messages other vegan activists sent to her phone and email

Mrs. Peterson uploaded the footage of the tense collision to her Facebook page, where she redoubled her actions

Mrs. Peterson uploaded the footage of the tense collision to her Facebook page, where she redoubled her actions

Mrs. Freeman said the barrage of abuse didn’t stop there. She woke up Monday morning to hundreds of vile messages sent to her phone, email and social media accounts by other vegan activists.

Ms. Peterson has pulled a series of stunts over the past year to protest the meat industry – including dressing in butcher aprons at a McDonald’s and a Coles and suing customers as they passed by.

She was also fined $ 1,800 after being grounded during Western Australia’s first AFL women’s derby at the city’s Optus Stadium last February.

More recently, she received a scolding from the Australia Day crowds after teaching Bunnings customers during a sausage fisherman raising money for the state’s firefighters.

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