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Vandalism Or Vigils (Or Both): Are Vegans Divided Over How To Get People To Quit Meat?

'Civil disobedience and the physical targeting of individuals and their property is justified. We support all of these measures, and hope they continue to escalate until the message is understood,' said an Animal Liberation Front spokesperson.

TOM LEVITT: ‘In the U.K., a family-run butcher was sprayed with the words “Stop Killing Animals. Go Vegan” and claimed to have received a petrol-bomb threat. And, in Canada, activists disrupted diners in a Toronto steakhouse to lecture them on animal rights… Civil disobedience and the physical targeting of individuals and their property is justified, according to the Animal Liberation Front. “We support all of these measures, and hope they continue to escalate until the message is understood,” said a spokesperson.

Though reports of militant veganism have become commonplace in the media, they’re at odds with an alternative perspective that such approaches are not the way to take veganism mainstream. Not all vegan or animal rights activists are confrontational. In the city of Vernon, just outside Los Angeles, people regularly gather for a peaceful “pig vigil” in protest against pigs being brought to a slaughterhouse.

The protest is organized by a local chapter of the animal rights group The Save Movement, which encourages people to take and share photos and videos of the animals’ last moments of life, but to be peaceful and nonjudgemental, and to “smile when possible”… Vegan activist Ed Winters, who himself has been a victim of violence while protesting, said he has changed his own approach… He now supports “nonviolent activism,” in which people can make their points but do not alienate others…

Not everyone feels vegans need to be vocal. Judy Nadel and Damien Clarkson, who founded the plants-based events company Vevolution in the U.K. and U.S., said… the most successful form of activism has been the innovation in vegan food products, like meat-free burgers and dairy-free milk. U.S. retail sales of plant-based meats have risen 17 percent over the past year, with products including the brand Beyond Meat, which has seen a sales uplift of 70 percent.’ SOURCE…

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