Tash Peterson has added a graphic new chapter to her European jaunt, taking her bold style of protesting to the streets of London.
The West Australian vegan crusader donned a green, scaly outfit and black boots and covered herself in “blood” and “guts” before planting herself outside Hermès’ flagship store in England’s capital.
The notorious activist carried a bag that read “dump exotic skins”, and was pictured posing for photos.
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The graphic scene was staged to encourage the luxury retailer and others like it to end the sale of products made from reptile skins.
It was the type of demonstration that has made her a divisive figure in Perth and Australia, and seen her banned from all licensed venues in WA.
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Peterson, 29, claimed crocodiles are “enslaved, tortured, abused and murdered” so their skin can be turned into bags and shoes.
Her stand comes after the July 16 death of actor and singer Jane Birkin, for whom Hermes had named its Birkin bag.
Birkin had previously asked the company to remove her name from the bag.
Tash Peterson has taken her animal protests to the UK. Credit: vganbooty/Instagram
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals backed Peterson’s public stand, saying the manufacturing process used two or three crocodiles to make just one handbag.
“With her eye-catching demonstration on New Bond St in London, Tash joins PETA in calling for an end to cruelty to crocodiles,” the animal group said.
Hermes was sought for comment.
Peterson’s latest public protest comes after she was pressed about her claim that meat eating is akin to a holocaust, during an appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
Tash Peterson recently appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored, where she was called out for likening the slaughter of animals to a holocaust. Credit: Piers Morgan Uncensored/YouTube
She is currently in the UK for the Vegan Camp Out. Organisers have described it as the “world’s largest vegan camping festival”.
Peterson, from Bicton in Perth, is due to face Joondalup Magistrates Court on August 7 after she was charged with trespass and disorderly behaviour over a June protest at Fyre restaurant.
Restaurant owner and head chef John Mountain courted significant attention after he slapped an indefinite ban on vegans following an argument with a patron who did not eat meat.
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