Vegan activist Tash Peterson confronts a butcher who put her name on a pigs head
A controversial vegan activist has confronted a butcher after he printed her name on a price tag, stuck it on a decapitated pig’s head and then sent her a photo of the stunt online.
Tash Peterson, 28, is no stranger to controversy, with her high-profile demonstrations repeatedly going viral and occasionally getting her into trouble with the law.
But the animal rights lawyer – often filmed in bitter clashes with butchers – was shocked on Sunday after receiving a heartfelt apology from a butcher in Perth after a junior employee taunted her via social media.
Ms Peterson and her boyfriend Jack Higgs visited Swansea Street Meats, in East Victoria Park, over the weekend after the activist received the disturbing image in her Instagram inbox.
Controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson (pictured) is filmed confronting a butcher in Perth
In a video of the incident posted online, Ms. Peterson explains that she normally receives many images of dead animals from trolls, but she was able to track down the photo of the pig’s head.
“The picture had the label of this supermarket, so there must be a butcher there,” said Ms. Peterson.
Coincidentally, my full name was on the price tag.
“They put my name on this poor murder victim’s head, which is selling for $13.”
Once inside, Ms. Peterson asked a man at the desk if he was aware of the stunt, but was told he was unaware of the situation as he “only works on weekends.”
After demanding to speak to someone, another man walked out of the staff room to meet Ms. Peterson and answer her question.
“I just wonder why my name is on a pig’s head?” she asks.
Ms Peterson stormed into Swansea Street Meats on Sunday after being given a photo of her name printed on a label on a decapitated pig’s head (pictured)
The man told her he “honestly didn’t know” and said it was the first time he’d ever seen the image.
“We wouldn’t approve of that here, of course,” he says.
After accepting his response, Ms. Peterson offered to look up the name of the person who sent the image to verify that he was an employee.
But as she flipped through her phone, the man in charge stepped out of the teachers’ lounge and confessed “it was me.”
‘Did you send that Lucas? Why did you do that?’ asks his boss.
The young man said he doesn’t know why, but admitted when questioned by Ms. Peterson that he found his antics “a little funny”.
Ms Peterson spoke to a boss at the store who was unaware of the stunt and ordered the younger employee responsible to apologize
The boss scolds the teenage worker and ordered him to apologize, which he did, before being ordered to go back to the back of the store.
The meat dealer then apologized to Ms. Peterson and vowed to “have a strong word” with the teen.
“Obviously, 18-year-old boys don’t make good choices,” he said.
‘You’re busy, you’ve got enough crap I see. I don’t want to irritate you.
‘Thank you for coming and let me know. My sincere apologies.’
Ms. Peterson accepted his apology and eventually left the store on good terms.
However, the pair later told fans they thought it was unlikely that the teen would suffer any repercussions.
“I’m not worried about my name on the head, it’s obviously disturbing, but I’m here to speak on behalf of the animals,” Ms Peterson said.
A boy named ‘Lucas’ came out the back of the shop and admitted he was responsible for the photo
“I went there to try and plant a seed in the minds of these people.”
The couple said they plan to escalate the situation with the manager now that they can identify the boy responsible.
The latest incident comes just weeks after the prolific protester stormed a restaurant in Perth in a red-spotted outfit, demanding diners stop eating meat while playing sounds of animals being slaughtered.
Ms Peterson’s antics have led police and policy makers in WA to describe her as ‘Australia’s worst plague’.
She has been fined several times for her semi-naked demonstrations in designer stores, restaurants and supermarkets.
In May, she accused a police officer of sexism after he asked her to cover her bare chest during one of her public protests.
Ms Peterson stormed into a restaurant earlier this month and demanded that guests stop eating meat as she played sounds of animals being slaughtered
Ms Peterson had staged the topless demonstration in Hay Street Mall before uploading images of it to her social media account.
In the video, the plant-based protester holds a sign that reads, “Kangaroos shot and joeys beaten to death for Nike shoes,” while wearing a kangaroo onesie.
Last August, Ms Peterson marched topless through a Louis Vuitton store in Perth while smeared with her own menstrual blood. which later saw her fined $3,500 by a Perth magistrate.
The activist has also dressed as a cow and demonstrated in the meat department of supermarkets, barged the field during an AFLW game and wore a blood-soaked apron while yelling at customers at a KFC and Coles.
She was also on trial for a December 2020 protest at the Boatshed Markets in Cottesloe, where she also appeared shirtless, with her chest painted in a cow pattern, and shouted at shoppers that cows were being raped for meat and dairy.
In May, Ms Peterson accused a police officer of sexism after he asked her to cover her bare chest during one of her public protests