Notorious Perth vegan Tash Peterson claims a public protest against her will do little more than amplify the attention on her ongoing animal rights battle.
Up to 500 people are expected to gather outside Peterson’s Bicton home for a “big barbecue cook-up” on May 24.
It is being organised by Sydney man Ben D’Arcy who will fly over for the event.
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D’Arcy labelled the activist a “serial pest” for her controversial stunts and said he wanted to give Peterson a taste of the inconvenience she has dished out to businesses and punters over the last few years.
But Peterson, 30, argued her crusade would actually be helped by the counter-protest.
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“Their protest is just another opportunity for me to bring more attention to these atrocities so I thank them for that,” she told PerthNow.
“I feel amazed that my activism has made such a massive impact. It has resulted in an entire group of people who feel so triggered they call me such names and state that my activism is ridiculous and has no meaningful impact.
“It clearly has made an impact to make so many people want to shut me down and stop me from protesting.”
Peterson conceded she is upset that meat will be grilled outside her home, saying “it is very saddening that they will be cooking the body parts of animals who were brutally murdered”.
Tash Peterson says a barbecue cook-up outside her home will only draw more attention to her animal rights battle. Credit: @vganbooty/Instagram
WA Police told 7NEWS.com.au they are aware a protest is being planned in Bicton.
“Members of the community have a right to voice their concerns through protest activity, as long as that protest activity is conducted lawfully,” a spokesperson said.
That means it must not “impede the rights of others, which includes their right to conduct their business”.
Peterson has made a habit of disruptive public demonstrations, having stormed restaurants and family events, and appeared outside luxury fashion brands covered in fake blood and dressed in barely-there clothing.
Last year, she was involved in a public spat with celebrity chef John Mountain and was also called out by broadcaster Piers Morgan for likening meat eating to the holocaust.
Peterson conceded she is upset that meat will be grilled outside her home. Credit: vganbooty/Instagram
D’Arcy said he was tired of Peterson setting her sights on businesses, using an appearance on Perth radio to dub the vocal activist a “pest”.
“She’s a pest and most WA residents are sick of her,” D’Arcy told Mix 94.5’s Pete and Kymba.
“I’m sick of her targeting people’s businesses. It’s not right, it’s not fair.
“People have a right to do what they want to do. Engaging in the type of protest (she engages) in is never going to change public opinion.”
Peterson plans to counter-protest on the day.