Family-Run Butchers Attacked By Vegans
A family-run butchers has been the target of 'militant vegans', leaving its owner living in fear.
Marlow Butchers in Ashford Kent has seen graffiti painted on to its windows and has even received petrol bomb threats.
The shop was recently targeted by vandals who wrote: 'Stop Killing Animals. Go vegan' in red paint as well as the logo from the Animal Liberation Front.
Since then, the shop has been inundated with messages from vegans across the world who have sent threatening messages and left one-star reviews on Facebook.
Owner Wayne Marlow said: "On the internet it has been very threatening.
"It has got ridiculous - activists from as far away as Australia are getting involved.
"The internet is the worst thing as not only are they threatening to physically destroy our business, but they are also trying to ruin our reputation online, too, by leaving negative reviews and comments.
"They want to close us down and people are threatening to smash the windows or petrol bomb the store.
"We live in fear and we're up worrying at night - they are terrorising us."
Wayne's dad, Trevor, who runs the business alongside him and other son Martin, said he had been forced to report the threats to police.
Following the spray painting incident, which happened earlier this month, the Marlows posted to thank their local community and added that they don't want people to feel 'hatefulness' towards vegans.
The post read: "We do not wish for this incident to cause any hatefulness to vegans. Please understand that this was probably the work of activists and is not a true reflection of vegans!"
Wayne added: "We have been here for 54 years now since my dad took over the business and we are just supplying something that someone wants and is in demand.
"Every supermarket sells meat; we don't get why they're just targeting us.
"The threats are coming from people claiming to be vegans but they used superglue and paint when they vandalised the store, both of which contain animal by-products.
"We can't thank the community enough. Everyone is trying to do their best to help us."
A spokesman for Kent Police said officers are investigating the report of "malicious communications and harassment" aimed at the business.
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