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Vegan Protests Outside Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Draped In Red-Spatted Australian Flag

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Vegan Protests Outside Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Draped In Red-Spatted Australian Flag

A vegan protestor has launched a solo demonstration outside a Bunnings Warehouse store.

Draped in a red-spattered Australian flag, Tash Peterson held a sign that said our country has 'blood on its hands'.

The activist targeted this specific Bunnings BBQ because it was raising money for firefighters and she says animal agriculture is contributing to bushfires.

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She got into a war of words with one Bunnings customer who told her off for trying to criticise the firefighters.

"They're firefighters, you should have a little bit of respect," the customer said.

Tash replied: "The very reason they're fighting fires is because of your consumption of animal products - that's why there is mass fires happening."

Credit: Tash Peterson/YouTube
Credit: Tash Peterson/YouTube
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She's uploaded the video of the encounter to her YouTube and Facebook accounts, where her followers have praised her for standing up to meat eaters.

Ms Peterson also explained the meaning behind her protest.

"Australia has seen devastating fires in recent years," she wrote. "Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change, deforestation and wildlife extinction so there is no doubt that a diet which consists of animal flesh and secretions is contributing to environmental catastrophes."

According to Climate Nexus, animal agriculture is actually the second leading cause of climate change, after fossil fuels.

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Tash continued: "Deforestation is a significant driver of biodiversity loss and GHG emissions in Australia. It is estimated that 50 million native animals are being killed by land clearing in Queensland and NSW alone every year.

"Deforestation contributes to increased fire risk by exacerbating climate change through carbon emissions and increasing the severity and duration of regional droughts."

Credit: Tash Peterson/YouTube
Credit: Tash Peterson/YouTube

Tash tried to limit the condemnation for targeting firefighters, whose job is to keep Australians safe during the bushfire season.

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She said: "Australian fire fighters were raising money today selling the very thing that is fueling [sic] Australian fires, animal (cow) flesh.

"I commend these hard working fire fighters for their work, but they need to be aware of the the detrimental impacts of animal agriculture. Australia is on fire - meat, dairy and eggs is the fuel."

Her supporters rallied behind her and told her she was doing good work at opening people's eyes to the issues faced by the country.

Tash protested at a butcher last year and garnered headlines around the country for dressing as a bloodied abattoir worker.

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She tried to promote her ideals while also running onto the field during Western Australia's first-ever AFL women's derby, an act that saw her banned from Optus Stadium for three years.

Featured Image Credit: Tash Peterson/YouTube

Topics: Vegan, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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