Facebook | Stef Rose

Vegan Protester In Cow Costume Mourns A Supermarket's Meat Section

ryan.ford 11 Jul 2019

Animal rights activists in Perth, Australia are increasingly bringing their message to people in more intimate settings, as a new video going around Facebook shows.

In the video, a protester dressed in a cow costume walks into a local supermarket's meat section to mourn the meat on the store's shelves.

The protester approaches the display slowly, then kneels and picks up a pack of sausages.

Facebook | Stef Rose

Appearing to bow in honor to the animals that gave their lives for the meat, she then returns the sausages and stays there for a moment to take in the scene.

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We then see the protester laying on the ground holding up a sign that reads "You've been lied to. YouTube Dominon."

Facebook | Stef Rose

Dominion is a documentary released in 2018 that highlights animal rights abuses caught on secret cameras and in drone footage.

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Underneath that cow onesie is vegan and animal rights activist Stef Rose.

Facebook | Stef Rose

She's been lauded on Facebook since uploading her video, with many calling it "powerful" and "well done."

One person even suggested taking things a bit further. "Take a red circle or what looks like a puddle of blood to put under you too?" they wrote.

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On the other end of the camera was fellow activist Tash Peterson.

Facebook | Tash Peterson

She and Stef took their message to several other grocery stores as well, silently confronting shoppers and then uploading the videos to Facebook with captions like "Welcome to the death aisle" and "Telling the consumers that the BLOOD is on THEIR hands."

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Animal rights protesters have been increasingly active in and around Perth.

Facebook | Stef Rose

Protests have targeted farms and slaughterhouses in the area, but they're also pushing into more urban areas.

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In May, animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere organized a protest at a restaurant, yelling at diners while they ate.

Facebook | Direct Action Everywhere - DxE - Perth

In a video again uploaded to Facebook, protesters can be heard shouting things like "Animals don't want better lives, they want freedom. We have a choice the animals don't."

The video received mixed reactions, with many criticizing it as likely turning people off for being annoyed during a night out.

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Direct Action Everywhere's founder, James Warden, has found himself on the wrong side of the law for his protests.

Facebook | James Warden

As The West Australian reported, Warden is currently facing charges of trespass and stealing a calf worth $1500, and he has been fined over a live streaming incident at a pig farm.

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It's likely that Perth will see more protests like Stef and Tash's supermarket videos.

Facebook | Tash Peterson

As Tash explained in a Facebook post, "Activism doesn't have to involve hours and days of planning. This took less than an hour to make a sign and go into Woolworth's to get a message out to consumers in the store and hopefully on social media as well."

You can watch the first video right here.

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