Vegan protesters storm Coles meat aisle blocking off customers from buying pork: Sow stalls


Angry vegans storm the meat aisle of Coles blocking customers from buying animal products and declaring that factory farmed pork should be ILLEGAL

  • Animal activists occupy the meat aisle of a Coles supermarket in Melbourne
  • The Farm Transparency Project group held confronting placards of caged pigs
  • Vegan protesters are calling for a complete ban on sow stalls at piggery farms 

A hoard of angry vegans have stormed a busy supermarket holding up confronting placards and blocking customers from buying meat.

Members of the Farm Transparency Project occupied the meat aisle of Spencer Street Coles in Melbourne on Sunday, calling for a ban on pigs being kept in cages.

The group claims the supermarket giant is using pork suppliers that keep pigs in small cramped cages known as sow stalls – even though the industry in Victoria committed to phasing out the factory farming practice by the end of 2017.

A hoard of angry vegans have stormed a busy supermarket holding up confronting placards and blocking customers from buying meat (Members of the Farm Transparency Project, pictured)

‘These industries are inherently violent,’ Farm Transparency Project said on their Facebook page.

‘We are ready to do what it takes to reveal the atrocities that go on behind closed doors of farms and slaughterhouses and to take action until all animals can live with freedom and dignity.’

As part of the protest irate herbivores with their hands painted red to symbolise blood, sat in front of the meat fridges holding graphic pictures of pigs in cages.

They then marched around the supermarket playing audio of pigs squealing in pain to the dismay of shoppers. 

Grim footage captured two months earlier found ‘at least six Victorian piggeries are confining mother pigs to the crates, with some animals spending up to 27 days at a time with no room to turn around,’ the group claims.

Despite the use of sow stalls, the Farm Transparency Project alleges top producers are still marketing their products as cage-free at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Costco. 

Members of the Farm Transparency Project occupied the meat aisle of Spencer Street Coles (pictured) in Melbourne on Sunday, calling for a ban on pigs being kept in cages

Members of the Farm Transparency Project occupied the meat aisle of Spencer Street Coles (pictured) in Melbourne on Sunday, calling for a ban on pigs being kept in cages

As part of the protest irate herbivores with their hands painted red to symbolise blood, sat in front of the meat fridges holding graphic pictures of pigs in cages. The group also marched around the supermarket playing audio of squealing pigs

As part of the protest irate herbivores with their hands painted red to symbolise blood, sat in front of the meat fridges holding graphic pictures of pigs in cages. The group also marched around the supermarket playing audio of squealing pigs 

The dramatic demonstration comes after Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick tabled a motion in parliament two months earlier to stamp out the practice calling the swine industry’s attempt to self-regulate ‘woeful’. 

Farm Transparency Project leader Chris Delforce, who is also running as a Senate candidate for the Animal Justice Party at the upcoming Victorian election, said there should be a complete ban by the Andrews Government.

‘This protest aims to draw attention to the incredible suffering and violence that is inherent to modern animal farming,’ he told the Herald Sun.

‘We believe consumers deserve to know the reality of these industries.’

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