When a young woman walked into a Pizza Express, she never expected an angry meat-eater to punch her in the face. However, the young woman, who is an animal rights advocate and vegan, upset a male customer when she and a group of other protestors came into the restaurant to encourage others to stop killing animals for food. Images from the scene of the violence show the young protestor, who was working with animal rights campaign group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) carrying images of animals along with the words, “I want to live.”
While people held the picket signs with the images of animals on them, another woman held a loudspeaker up to her mouth and addressed the pizza chain customers. She said, “It’s not food. It’s violence.” She also said, “Not your mom. Not your milk.”
One man, an avid meat eater, refused to listen to the group of protestors. He rose up, heated with fury and anger, and started toward the young woman. The angry man, who had his head shaven down to the skin of his scalp and wore a green jacket, lunged at the young female protestors, throwing all his girth at her along with his rage.
The angry man shouts at the protestors, saying, “You’re scaring these people! F*** off now!”
When a woman turns around to look the man in the eyes, he feels threatened and then punches the petite woman in the face. This man was large and intimidating and proved with one punch that he was not a gentleman or a man who advocates for women.
When the man strikes the petite woman, he seems to shout “punch” as his knuckles connect with her soft, moisturized cheek. This is a man who is not afraid to resort to violence against women – even when he was being filmed.
Other patrons are shocked that the man reacted with such violence, while these women were staging a simple, peaceful protest in support of animal rights. Other patrons are forced to restrain the violent man, who is basically foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog that needs to be put down.
Following the act of violence, the protestors leave the restaurant. As they walk out, they chant about how they want the government to create a bill of animal rights, so animals are treated with more dignity and respect.
“What do we want? Animal liberation. When do we want it? Now!”
Following the violence, a spokesperson for DxE Brighton said, “We must stand together against speciesism, but some are not ready to hear our message of equality and justice. Today, whilst bringing this message to diners at the chain restaurant, we were violently attacked. It is not surprising that those consuming violence are quick to partake in it, too.”
The animal rights group mentioned speciesism, which is the idea that people believe humans are superior and thus have moral rights eclipsing those of animals.
“This kind of response will not deter us. We will not back down in the face of repression; not by the public, not by the police, nor the industries they protect.”
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