The number of people turning to veganism has absolutely soared in the last few years, particularly in the UK. In fact, according to estimates, the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled to 650,000 since 2011. More and more of us are now refusing to stand by as animals are killed just so we can eat their flesh.
Such is the conviction of these vegans that they not only choose to exclude meat from their diet but dairy too. As a society, we are starting to become more aware of the fact that the horrors of factory farming don’t just center around raising animals for meat. Indeed, the process behind obtaining eggs and dairy products from animals is a lot more brutal than many people realize.
Anyway, not only are vegans on the rise in terms of their actual numbers, but there has also been a noticeable increase in the number of vegans who are willing to vocalize their views, despite the fact that the majority of people do not support them and their views.
Yes, we hear about protests and demonstrations by vegans practically on a daily basis these days. However, no matter how dedicated they are to the cause, few of them would be so brazen as to storm an entire restaurant to get their point across.
But that’s exactly what happened at a Brazilian steakhouse in Brighton, England. The vegan protestors made their way inside the restaurant and even played sounds of animals being tortured to those who were dining there.
Take a look at this gripping footage of the incident:
The activists were from Direct Action Everywhere and entered Touro Steakhouse in Brighton while waving around signs and placards.
However, most of the guests at the restaurants seemed unfazed by the demonstration going on around them and continued with their meals, even when the protestors played the sound of a cow being killed and repeatedly shouted, “It’s not meat, it’s violence.”
It was one of the activists who filmed the incident. At the start of the footage, the protestors quietly walk into the steakhouse while the customers are digging into their meals. The person filming the video can be heard saying: “This smells horrible, look at all the flesh.”
But as one of the women leading the protest starts giving a speech about the benefits of veganism, guests start jeering and one even mimics the sound of a cow mooing. Waiters are also seen arguing with the protestors, telling them to leave.
Behind the camera, a voice said: ‘They’re letting us protest but they’re eating the flesh of animals in front of us.”
Madsu Sudan Galtam, the manager at Touro, spoke with the Brighton Argus and recalled how the protestors “came in and started shouting about animals and holding some signs. They didn’t do anything aggressive but it was a bit annoying because it disrupted everyone. We did make a phone call to the police but they never arrived.”
Direct Action Everywhere has staged protests in a number of restaurants serving meat as well as grocery stores. The grassroots group, which was founded in the US back in 2013, now has several branches across the UK.
The demonstrators from the Brighton branch stayed in the popular steakhouse for about 20 minutes before leaving to stand outside. As they leave, the diners start booing them and chanting “you’re not singing anymore”.
A spokeswoman for Direct Action Everywhere Brighton said: “In a time where we are experiencing mass environmental destruction, largely due to our unsustainable and unethical food choices, it is paramount that we put our egos and selfishness aside and accept that we are all connected, we are all animals.”
“We can no longer ignore the suffering and pain we cause. We are not the only sentient beings that inhabit this planet.”
Sussex Police said it sent two community support officers to the restaurant but when they got there, they found the demonstrators protesting outside and they weren’t committing any offenses.
A spokesperson said: “We received a report of a protest by a group of 20 people at the Touro steakhouse in West Street, Brighton, on Saturday at 7.10pm. They were said to be animal rights activists. They were not committing any offenses and were allowed the right to peaceful protest.”
What do you think? Did the activists have every right to defend animals and their right to live in total freedom without fear, harm, and abuse? Or should vegans find less confrontational ways in which to get their point across?