Australian vegan activist Tash Peterson demonstrates at a Nike store
Vegan activist Tash Peterson staged another public stunt, this time at a crowded Nike store to film footage for her Instagram. Photo / Provided
Vegan activist Tash Peterson staged another public stunt, this time at a crowded Nike store to film footage for her Instagram.
Peterson, 28, was fined $3,500 for two recent shirtless protests, including one at a luxury Perth boutique smeared in what she claimed was her own blood.
Peterson was put on trial for both protests, one outside Boatshed Markets in Cottesloe in December 2020 and another at the Louis Vuitton store in Perth CBD in August last year, denying her behavior was illegal or offensive.
Its latest protest, at Karrinyup Mall on Saturday, focused on kangaroo abuse, saying Nike “kills kangaroos and turns them into shoes”.
Painting herself pink with bloodstains and waving placards, Ms Peterson claimed Nike was responsible for “the holocaust of these delicate creatures”.
The stunt lasted about eight minutes before security escorted him from the storefront. From there, she continued to shout her speech through the packed weekend crowd.
“The biggest wildlife murder on earth ever is happening in our own country,” she posted on Instagram.
“Every night, thousands of kangaroos graze peacefully, as humans invade their lives and shoot them in the head for their flesh and skin. Mothers are brutally murdered while their terrified joeys are bludgeoned to death.
“It’s common legal practice in the industry to shoot a mother, rip her baby out of her pocket and crush her skull or hit her against a bulb. NIKE is responsible for the holocaust of these kind individuals because they turn their bodies into football boots.”
Peterson, who claimed she made $40,000 a month selling racy selfies on OnlyFans, started a GoFundMe to help pay her legal fees, but only raised $627.
Peterson stormed off to Louis Vuitton wearing only a flesh-colored thong with her torso covered in a red substance – which she claimed on social media was menstrual blood – on August 21 last year.
Accompanied by her boyfriend Jack Higgs and fellow animal advocate Arkadiusz Robert Swiebodzinski, Peterson shouted at customers, “There’s blood on your hands if you’re not vegan” and “if you’re not vegan , you paid for their brutal murder”. “.
Peterson says her fines would not deter her from her public activism.
“I actually find it very ironic that people find my conduct like that when they’re the ones paying people to stab animals in the throat,” she said.