I really, really want to like vegans, and indeed every vegan I’ve ever met has been a totally fine, normal person, but these militant vegan activists really are giving them a bad name (and starting to get on my nerves).

I’ll probably find out from the comments to this article but where do most vegans stand on these protesters?

I’ve never managed to ask someone in real life; do they actually support them or do they find them as insufferable as everyone else?

If you could let me know that’d be great.

Anyway, this story isn’t going to write itself so I best get to it -VEGANS DO A PROTEST.

Yep, vegans have indeed done a protest, this time storming into a Waitrose (that’s wound me up, I love Waitrose) to form a wall around a load of turkeys which have been slaughtered for Christmas.

The group from Brighton Direction Action Everywhere (DxE) stood around forming a human chain while imploring shoppers to avoid eating meat products.

They held plaques and signs showing birds “wanting to live” while others read “turkeys are killed between nine and 21 weeks old. They are just babies,” “it’s not food, it’s violence” and “their bodies, not ours”.

Apparently, they also had flowers for the dead animals being sold there.

But of course no protest would be credible without a trusty loud speaker, which one protester brought out to annoy shoppers even further.

“This Christmas time you might be worried about what presents to buy and how to organise family get togethers, but the animals are facing carnage,” they proclaimed.

“Around ten million turkeys are slaughtered this time of year so they can end up on your Christmas table in the United Kingdom.

“Catching and transporting birds can cause considerable pain and distress. Many birds may be injured whilst being removed from sheds and put into crates. Poor handling frequently results in bruising, skin grazing and broken blood vessels.

“Loaded into trucks, piled next to their friends and not knowing where they are headed, no chance of escape. Transport to slaughter can be long with birds experiencing extremes of temperature, stress suffocation and shock.”

“Animals are not things. Lives are not commodities. It’s time to end these cruel and bloody traditions. Take the death off your plate this Christmas.”

For the most part, shoppers ignored them and carried on with their day, although one person did get into an argument calling them “intellectually barren”.

Eventually the police turned up, with an officer saying:

“I am still going to ask you all to leave as you are not allowed to be in here. I will advise you that if you don’t you will be liable to arrest.

“I am just being polite and respectful. You obviously have a cause you are quite passionate about but you can do it outside.”

As they left the store, the group chanted: “It’s not food, it’s violence” before shouting, “What do we want? Animal liberation. When do we want it? Now!”

That’s the classic protest chant, isn’t it?

Following the protest at Waitrose, the group – which hit headlines in November after they burst into a steakhouse and played noises of animals screaming – posted on its social media page.

They wrote: “We want animal liberation, and we want it now.

“Here to be heard on behalf of the animals whose screams are silenced. Hitting Waitrose, on Western Rd in Brighton city centre, we made a stand.

“You can’t shop in peace when you’re buying death. Christmas is carnage for so many animals.”

A spokesman for Waitrose said:

“We pride ourselves on exceptional animal welfare, with our turkeys farmed to high standards at farms we know and trust.”

Honestly, I’m at the point with all this where I’m like, fine, let’s just ban turkeys.

It’s a crap meat anyway and if they’re causing this much agg then let’s just sack them off altogether.

Congratulations vegan activists, you’ve won – are you happy now? (probably).

Just please don’t make me have to write another article on this behaviour.

I’m tired.

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