It’s apparent that many people are transitioning to the Vegan lifestyle in the recent years, identifying as vegan has skyrocketed over the last decade. Even major food company’s like McDonald’s are now introducing plant-based options to their menus, meaning it is more acceptable than ever to be a vegan and to be able to eat out without the fear of not having a Vegan option on the menu.
It’s reported that veganism in the US has increased by 600% in just three years, with 6% of the nation now opting for a plant-based diet.
Unfortunately, with unpopular opinions and extreme choices comes with extreme heated reactions such as public confrontations where vegans hijack aisles in supermarkets and meat-eaters dig into all kinds of meat in front of animal rights protestors.
The worst confrontation, that happened at VegFest 2019 in Brighton, saw an unknown man protesting a vegan food festival start to bite into a raw pig’s head in front of the plant-based festival goers.
The Brighton and Hove Independent have reported that, unsurprisingly, the man was confronted by members of the Brighton-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, holding placards reading “it’s not food, it’s violence” and “meat is murder”.
Manager of Vegfest UK, Tim Barford told the publication:
“We knew about the planned protest and were expecting 30 protestors – three turned up.”
“But they proceeded to upset kids and members of the public, and with that in mind, the police arrived, gave them a warning and sent them packing.”
“What was interesting was that we had meat-eating members of the public saying that this revolting spectacle had encouraged them to give up eating meat – so it seems the anti-vegan protest actually encouraged people to go vegan.”
Another member of the DxE Brighton added:
“A lot of everyday people walking past are also repulsed by the sight of a pig’s head which is interesting as most of these people eat pigs as well.”
“It goes to show what we already know, that people don’t like seeing the faces of the animals they eat. Eating animals is eating a product of torture and death. Why is animal abuse so normalised when it’s in a burger but shocking when we see the being behind the burger?”
The protester is still unknown.