Angry vegans storm Coles’ meat aisle, blocking customers from buying animal products, declaring factory-grown pork to be ILLEGAL
- Animal activists occupy the meat aisle of a Coles supermarket in Melbourne
- The Farm Transparency Project group held confrontational signs of caged pigs
- Vegan protesters call for a complete ban on sow stalls on pig farms
A horde of angry vegans has stormed a crowded supermarket with confrontational signs, blocking customers from buying meat.
Members of the Farm Transparency Project occupied the meat aisle of Spencer Street Coles in Melbourne on Sunday, calling for a ban on keeping pigs in cages.
The group claims the supermarket giant uses pork suppliers who keep pigs in small cramped cages known as sow stalls – although the industry in Victoria has committed to phase out factory farming by the end of 2017.
A horde of angry vegans has stormed a crowded supermarket, holding up signs and blocking customers from buying meat (Members of the Farm Transparency Project, photo)
“These industries are violent by nature,” Farm Transparency Project said on their Facebook page.
“We are ready to do whatever it takes to expose the atrocities happening behind closed doors at farms and slaughterhouses and take action until all animals can live in freedom and dignity.”
As part of the protest, enraged herbivores, with their hands painted red to symbolize blood, sat in front of the meat refrigerators with graphics of pigs in cages.
They then marched through the supermarket, playing to the dismay of shoppers the sound of pigs screaming in pain.
Stark images taken two months earlier showed that “at least six Victorian pigsties trap mother pigs in the crates, with some animals spending up to 27 days at a time with no room to turn around,” the group claims.
Despite the use of sow houses, the Farm Transparency Project claims that top producers still market their products as cage-free at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Costco.
Members of the Farm Transparency Project occupied the meat aisle of Spencer Street Coles (pictured) in Melbourne on Sunday, calling for a ban on keeping pigs in cages
As part of the protest, enraged herbivores, with their hands painted red to symbolize blood, sat in front of the meat refrigerators with graphics of pigs in cages. The group also marched through the supermarket playing audio of pigs squeaking
The dramatic demonstration comes after Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick introduced a motion in parliament two months earlier to stamp out the practice that the pig industry’s attempt to self-regulate is ‘sad’.
Chris Delforce, leader of the Farm Transparency Project, who is also a Senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party in the upcoming Victorian election, said the Andrews government should issue a complete ban.
“This protest is intended to draw attention to the incredible suffering and violence inherent in modern livestock farming,” he told the newspaper. Herald Sun.
“We believe consumers deserve to know the realities of these industries.”