Butcher Shop Targeted By Vandal Who Wrote 'Meat Is Murder'
Militant vegans are making a name for themselves in Australia as they up the ante in terms of protests and demonstrations.
They've shut down city centres, stormed farms and even stolen animals, but now one bloke has allegedly vandalised a butcher shop in Queensland, smearing what looks like fake blood across the entrance and spray painted 'Meat is Murder'.
Understandably, the owner of the store, David Bobberman is pissed off because while there isn't major damage to the actual shop, it's certainly not something he wants to be cleaning up on a Wednesday morning.
Speaking to Channel 7, David said: "It's the last thing you want on a cold and chilly night, spending your time cleaning up someone else's mess.
"If people have a message to make, make it peacefully by all means. But this affects someone's livelihood."
Thankfully police were able to arrest a 24-year-old man nearby, who was allegedly carrying a hammer, a can of spray paint and a bottle of red liquid believed to be paint.
After uploading pictures of the damage to Facebook, people who know the store and the owner were fuming.
"Appalling. It's one thing to have a belief system, quite another to destroy another's property in an attempt to share your message. Disgusting," said one person.
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Another added: "The perpetrators should be made to clean up this mess and reimburse any monies outstanding from damages, loss of income due to their selfish actions. Try and keep smiling and hope you get back on track soon."
A group of vegans recently targeted a Queensland farm but were quickly arrested and charged with trespassing.
The demonstrators were alleged to have infiltrated the properties in late March and April.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker, Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command, said: "The Queensland Police Service respects the right of people to protest in a peaceful manner, however we have a duty to ensure the safety of protesters, farm workers and property owners.
"Unauthorised protests in and around farmlands and industrial areas create significant personal and workplace safety risks.
"We will take enforcement action whenever necessary to ensure the safety of the community and to protect the rights of people to feel safe in their homes and at their place of work."
Protestors can now expect an on-the-spot fine of more than $600 if they're caught on someone else's land in Queensland.
The laws were tightened after farmers were sick of having their properties raided by animal rights activists.
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