A protest by vegan activists against a butcher who sells horse meat has reportedly attracted a counter-demonstration by hundreds of supporters of the shop owner, the meat being fired at the plaintiffs.
About 20 members of Direct Action Everywhere's animal rights group demonstrated outside Chief Vince Garreffa's famous Butcher Mondo Butchers in Inglewood, Perth on Saturday morning.
But the vegans were outnumbered by a chorus of 300 meat lovers who instead blew Italian music and paraded pieces of meat in the street.
Despite the stifling 40-degree temperature, meat eaters responded with passion, with a man even throwing a piece of steak at the militants.
A witness told Daily Mail Australia that a member of the pro-meat group had waved a steak in front of a vegan's face before throwing it in their direction.
& # 39; (The vegans) were definitely frustrated. I think they were surprised by the number of their supporters, "they said.
& # 39; They were just angry. Everyone was there to support them.
Up to 20 members of Direct Action Everywhere's animal rights group demonstrated in front of Butcher Vince Garreffa's famous butcher Mondo Butchers in Inglewood, Perth, Saturday morning (photo).
One of the butcher's supporters threw a piece of meat at the vegans during the demonstration (photo)
Many were seen in front of the butcher, calling the store to stop selling horse meat
About 20 vegans demonstrated in front of the Mondo Butchers with many signs bearing the indication: "Try the vegan option, think about the future" (photo)
& # 39; Stop the slaughter! Stop the violence! Fight with us! one of the vegan protesters shouted over a megaphone.
The activists, waving signs and using a megaphone while they were gathering on the trail in front of the butcher shop, chanted "This is not food, it's a murder".
"All butchers started to parade meat with four or five lambs on their shoulders," said the witness.
Butcher's supporters emphasized the hypocrisy of some protesters wearing leather bags and shoes.
Saturday morning, 300 people showed their support for Mondo Butchers
The protesters were drowned by the fans during the 40-degree day
Vince Garreffa, owner of the store said that he was overwhelmed by the number of his supporters.
The butcher's owner and well-known chef, Vince Garreffa, told Daily Mail Australia that he was overwhelmed by the support he had received.
"I could not believe that they would waste so much time attacking individual farmers and butchers," he said.
"I could not believe how many farmers, butchers and local council members came to support us. It was so humiliating that I became emotional a few times.
Police had to hold some of the vegans at Saturday's protest (photo)
The witness also stated that many protesters wore leather bags and shoes (photo)
Despite temperatures of 40 degrees, vegans were determined to get their message heard
Police were watching the demonstration, some militants to be removed
During the demonstration, the police had to hold back some of the militants, keeping some of the shop away.
Mr. Garreffa was prepared for the vegan attack by acknowledging that he had bought three speakers and hired a DJ to drown them.
"Whenever they tried to make their horrible speeches, we drowned them for an hour, it was the most successful fight," he said.
Meat advocates offered water to animal advocates, but refused to take
Many supporters posted the meat while they ate free sausages that were distributed (photo)
The group stood firmly on the opposite side of the butchers, using megaphones to get their message across.
Several police officers were on duty during the protest, preventing some vegans
The butcher said he had offered water to the protesters because of the torrid temperature that had reached 40 ° C, but they refused to take it.
This is an arrogant group. They do not represent all vegans. These people have no respect, they called us vile names.
They are very rude and very spoiled.
Vegan activists have persisted in their mission to end the slaughter of animals as several groups stormed farms across the country this year to try to "save" the animals.
But Mr. Garreffa says it will not happen anytime soon.
"All the protesters are afraid of saving a lot of animals but do not think for a minute that you are on the heights because we are raising animals for food and that is how the world works," he said. -he declares.
Vince Garreffa offered free sausages on a stick and meat sandwiches at a special price during a rally
"This is not food, it's a murder" chanted many vegans on Saturday morning
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