Have Vegans Gone Too Far?


Monday morning commuters in Melbourne had to take on militant vegans after a group staged a peaceful protest smack bang in the middle of a busy intersection. Hundreds of vegans blocked trams, cars and pedestrians from going about their business, all in the name of animal rights and veganism. LiveTribers, have they gone too far? Is it Un-Australian to stage this type of protest? Or are they within their rights to do so? What are your thoughts?

Posted by on 08 Apr 2019

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    Bombthrower

    They can choose what to eat but if they block the streets again the police should charge the lot of them and large Fine's. I personally love my meat fish and veggies.

    Posted by Bombthrower on 21 Apr 2019

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    Marii

    Absolutely YES! Everyone has a choice to eat what they want, Vegans DON’T push your ideas down our throat

    Posted by Marii on 21 Apr 2019

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    Andrew

    Vegans have definitely gone too far because everyone has the choice to eat whatever they like. If vegans choose to eat only vegetables then please do not interfere with others who choose to eat a juicy bloody steak, and get all the iron in the body. I don't think they will ever win this protest, Majority of Australians are sensible and eat meat, because we eat meat as well as vegetables in our diet 5 serves of fruit and 2 serves of vegetables per day is recommended by experts..

    Posted by Andrew on 20 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Don't need to eat meat to get iron, iron is in everything, even banana's are high in it, in fact too much iron in the diet is harmful.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    fred

    I believe vegans are quite in their rights to protest but do not interfere with others rights, they are a minority and always be so say what you like vegan and try to remember we do not have to abide by your beliefs !

    Posted by fred on 19 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    They will be the majority one day, it is the fastest growing diet in the world.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    Nancy

    Being a vegan is everyones personal choice . Let us all be free to make that choice . Thats why we are a democracy we are free to make that choice without discrimination.

    Posted by Nancy on 19 Apr 2019

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    Peter

    And to protest the idiot vegans I went out and bought 3 times the meat I normally buy and am hosting a BBQ this weekend to ensure it all gets eaten in addition to what I normally eat. Well done iyou stupid vegans; you've just cost another cow it's life.

    Posted by Peter on 18 Apr 2019

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    Angela

    I think they are assuming people have no right to eat meat, which humans have done for centuries, our bodies need to eat meat to stop various problems.

    Posted by Angela on 18 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Not true we do not need meat, there are many vegetarians that have lived without it for centuries.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    webster

    Vegans are like religious nutters who try to shove their views on those who aren't interested.Self perpetuation?

    Posted by webster on 18 Apr 2019

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    Micle

    Vegan are entitled to a lawful protest . But i am entitled to eat meat

    Posted by Micle on 18 Apr 2019

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    Joanne

    It seems vegans and the like love to shove their "values" into other people's faces whereas we meat eaters just go about our lives normally and mind our own business.

    Posted by Joanne on 18 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Not true meat eaters are always shoving meat into peoples faces, on every TV cooking show, commericals, everywhere, more so than vegans. Meat eaters stink out the parks having bbq's too.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    David

    Don't push what you choose to do

    Posted by David on 17 Apr 2019

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    John

    Yes but do it in the middle of the Bass strait

    Posted by John on 17 Apr 2019

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    David

    Everybody has rights, they have theirs and so do we. If they want to protest, they can do this peacefully, but blocking city streets is not the time or place. They must not have work to go to or are they part of the rent a crowd group? Find a park somewhere and invite the press, and let the rest of us hard working Australians get on with our jobs of making the country profitable.

    Posted by David on 17 Apr 2019

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    Madmarty008

    To protest is an expression of free will. Expression is to squeeze out. Hiding a protest is the same as putting your head jn the sand. If a demonstration is to highlight something it must be seen. This demonstration did that.

    Posted by Madmarty008 on 17 Apr 2019

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    pearly

    What could be worse Religious Bodies that spread hate & anger OR " militant vegans" who invade the privacy and LAND of genuine honest people who "farm " animals . BE GONE OR BE JAILED You have NO rights to invade farms or business of people Cheers Lloyd

    Posted by pearly on 17 Apr 2019

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    Tracey

    Absolutely gone to far. Us meat eaters and farmers have rights as well

    Posted by Tracey on 17 Apr 2019

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    flapper

    Nobody is forcing them to eat meat, or to watch people eating meat. We all have choices. To endanger others is NOT a choice it is madness. To protest in this way causing job loss is also madness.

    Posted by flapper on 17 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    Vegans have to watch people eating meat all the time, it is everywhere, in the park, on TV, bbq's, and at family dinners etc.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    Sherralynne

    There are much safer ways to protest. Blocking a major intersection is stupidity at its worst.

    Posted by Sherralynne on 17 Apr 2019

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    brerfred

    They're idiots!

    Posted by brerfred on 17 Apr 2019

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    Hools

    Yes, they can't change the environment or carbon dioxide unless they want to cease to exist, stop being radical to change the mind of others and if they want to pretend that they can live without the farming sector, maybe they should be made to live of the land in the middle of the Simpson Dessert then see what they can eat

    Posted by Hools on 17 Apr 2019

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    Phil_k

    People have a right to protest, democracy right? People also have a right to go about their business without feeling intimidated or being unnecessarily inconvenienced. People have a right to undertake their legal business without having to worry about idiots committing trespass, no matter what form those idiots come in. People do not have a right to break laws, threaten or otherwise intimidate others, trespass etc etc. If a law has been broken, then of course they should be punished, just as anyone should!

    Posted by Phil_k on 16 Apr 2019

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    Wesley

    YES THOSE VEGAN MORONS NEED TO BE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW. I SAY FORCE FEED THEM BEEF LAMB AND ANY OFFAL THAT MIGHT SHUT THEM UP

    Posted by Wesley on 16 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    They are idiots Wesley and need punishment. I understand your frustration, but be a better person, count to 10 and caaaalllllm (calm) it all down .... getting yourself in a tizz doesn't solve stuff, it only hurts you.

    Posted by Ulysses on 16 Apr 2019

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    Amber Ebony

    Yes it is Un Australian. They are a pack of ratbags who are just out to ruin our country and impose their views on all of us. They can be Vegans, but they have no right to cause civil disruption. A lot of them were probably paid demonstrators who turn up to all protests. Why weren't they at work? Probably losers who live off welfare.

    Posted by Amber Ebony on 16 Apr 2019

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    Kevin

    It depends on the reason for the drug use.

    Posted by Kevin on 16 Apr 2019

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    Chrisaw

    They should be severely penalised, or if repeat offenders - then inprisoned because of the financial loss caused by their inconsiderate action.

    Posted by Chrisaw on 16 Apr 2019

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    Blayne

    vEGANS WENT TOO FAR AND ALIENATED SOME OF US WHO WERE ON THEIR SIDE BUT ARE NOT NOW BECAUSE THEY MADE US LATE FOR CRITICAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

    Posted by Blayne on 16 Apr 2019

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    Peter

    They should have run over them then barbequed their carcasses on the spot.

    Posted by Peter on 16 Apr 2019

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    Marii

    No Vegan protest is going to stop my car from moving right through their protest , I wouldn’t have stopped , shouldn’t be in the middle of the road full stop

    Posted by Marii on 21 Apr 2019

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    Bradley

    You are expected to put up with morons in a society. There are many different types of people and we have to endure,eg you have lazy, you have the law don't apply to me. The silly tarts that makes hell for hospitality industry by demanding they deserve the best. Speeding motorists, illegal dumpers, old people, young people,etc . They are a minority that is true but we are not allowed to shoot them so we must suffer these,er folk

    Posted by Bradley on 16 Apr 2019

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    lesley

    Vegans is a lifestyle and I believe everyone has a right to have what they like and afford to eat in their daily lives. To block commuters in a city as large as Melbourne would be very unfair for the commuters and I would be upset if this happened especially if people were on their way to a special appointment. I DEFINITELY DO NOT AGREE WITH WHAT THEY DID PEACEFUL OR NOT PEACEFUL EVERYONE HAS A FIGHT TO THEIR OWN FEELINGS

    Posted by lesley on 15 Apr 2019

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    Darwenia

    Someone needs to remind the vegans that they are supposed to smoke the grass, not eat it!!

    Posted by Darwenia on 15 Apr 2019

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    Robyn

    The recent protest by Vegans disrupting all pedestrian and traffic was a very bad idea and only created negativity towards them rather than exposing the cruel treatment towards animals.

    Posted by Robyn on 15 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    It brought attention and the documentary that they asked people to watch was watched by thousands after the event.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    Lydia

    Vegans who want to help animals should investigate backyard animals like dogs that have been chained up all their lives. Cock or dog fighting. Leave farmers alone, unless you find out that they abusing animals like some pig farms.

    Posted by Lydia on 15 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    There is already abuse on farms, that is the whole point of the demonstration. Cruelty to animals is breeding them the way they do for human consumption, people need to cut back on eating meat so factory farming can stop.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    Cornelis

    Bunch of obvious left wingers who are supported by the idle non working class who have too much time on their hands. Clearly they are being paid by a group of Anarchist whose only interest is to break down stability and the economy. Vegans kill too. By eating plants they must be hurting some kind of plant life. Our Kids are being taught by the likes of "Get Up" who are a group of anarchists trying to break up our democracy. If only they realized if we became a country like Itan or Russia we would completely lose our right to speak and they would be put down so fast they would be regretting their actions in what is fast becoming a the unlucky country.

    Posted by Cornelis on 15 Apr 2019

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    squeekums1

    Save a cow Eat a vegan

    Posted by squeekums1 on 15 Apr 2019

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    david

    time to bbq a vegan.

    Posted by david on 15 Apr 2019

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    Gandalf1

    Just a note to others posting to various topics on this forum - A couple of my posts have been deleted because they were flagged as inappropriate to other member or topic posters to that subject - including this one. I emailed Live Tribe with my question as to why my posts were missing, and got a reply that I find offensive to be honest. This is the last reply I got from them and I quote - " Again as mentioned in the previous email, because it was flagged by another member as offensive, it was therefore actioned. It is not only about the language that is being used, but also the fact that another member flagged the comment." Thanks very much Live Tribe, and to the member flagged my opinion, go get a life, we are all entitled to an opinion, and if it doesn't agree with your own opinion on whatever the subject matter is...well that's life sorry to say and by having my comments flagged as offensive, well that's your choice of course, but all you are doing is alienating others that might have an opinion that differs from your own. I also have a feeling that I will now be banned from posting on the forum - and I really don't care to be honest....and if they take away my membership as well, so be it. Free speech for me, and not political correctness.

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 15 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    I find heaps of comments here offensive but never thought of reporting them. You must have written something very offensive.

    Posted by musicveg on 20 Apr 2019

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    fergiefroggy

    Yep

    Posted by fergiefroggy on 15 Apr 2019

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    Phillip

    Way too far . You keep your shit to yourself . Other people have different likes , dislikes ect . Shut up n mow the lawn

    Posted by Phillip on 15 Apr 2019

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    ron

    Way too far.hurting farmers livelihood and why should a small minority push their beliefs on general population. Then you get the antagonist who go along and exaggerate the problem..

    Posted by ron on 15 Apr 2019

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    jenten

    Between this and the attacks on our farmers...they have absolutely gone too far. I would think they are doing irreparable damage to their cause with this recent spate of unacceptable behaviour

    Posted by jenten on 14 Apr 2019

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    Ian

    They have gone to far, protesting and education is good but Harassing people is not on. What about the carnivals that eat meat, are we going to stop them? We just better carnivals.

    Posted by Ian on 14 Apr 2019

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    Whizbang

    I don't mind what people think but don't try and shove their beliefs down my throat. What is there ultimate aim? Do they think that all farmers should kill their animals or simply open their gates and let them run free. Sheep that are not shorn grow so much wol that they have trouble walking and also getr fly strike. Lose cattle will wander onto roads and get hit by vehicles. Believe what you want but let others believe what they want.

    Posted by Whizbang on 14 Apr 2019

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    Glenda

    This is terrorism and it is not okay. This has gone beyond craziness. All these people should be arrested and charged with terrorism, forcing their beliefs and lifestyle on others and impeding business and farming.

    Posted by Glenda on 14 Apr 2019

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    Stephen

    put them in jail for trespassing, if i went to their house and walked in, i be put in jail.

    Posted by Stephen on 14 Apr 2019

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    Darron

    I think they are a bit over the top they don't like to eat an animal but what about fish chicken there still animals . There a bit like the timber protestors they live in wooden homes write on paper and hold up signs made from trees I've also noticed that a lot of vegans look pale but I'm really not sure if we humans are meant to eat meat or not .

    Posted by Darron on 14 Apr 2019

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    Helfa

    Not all Vegans just the militant ones who are giving the others a bad name.

    Posted by Helfa on 14 Apr 2019

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    Bear in Elizabeth

    Yes, this is a bit over

    Posted by Bear in Elizabeth on 14 Apr 2019

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    pinkf

    Yes they have it's your choice

    Posted by pinkf on 14 Apr 2019

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    Unipig

    Yes they do more harm then good with their intervention

    Posted by Unipig on 14 Apr 2019

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    Wellygaz

    Yes. They are being idiots.

    Posted by Wellygaz on 14 Apr 2019

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    Katherine

    Yesssss...

    Posted by Katherine on 14 Apr 2019

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    Jim

    Yyes way over the top.

    Posted by Jim on 13 Apr 2019

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    Honolulu Lulu

    YES.

    Posted by Honolulu Lulu on 13 Apr 2019

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    Pollyanna7

    Yes they have.

    Posted by Pollyanna7 on 13 Apr 2019

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    Susi

    Yes they have, I don't push the fact onto vegans that I like eating meat and they shouldn't push their beliefs and way of life o to everyone else

    Posted by Susi on 13 Apr 2019

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    Bob

    Given that "they" are protesting for a good cause and that "they" are 100% supportive of it (ignoring that "they" look like the same people at every other demonstration), ohhhh yeah, what are we here for again, oh that's right, we have to hug sheep and cows. Why do they choose to blockade and hold the community to ransom by inconvenience. Why didn't the Police charge the offenders that would not move on and tow away the vehicles. The answer is that " they" (rent a crowd) were allegedly having a peaceful demonstration. Are we really meant to believe this BS. What would have been the impact on a single file barracade right accross the inbound and outbound lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for an example. As a nation, to which our economy was founded, by riding on the backbone of a sheep, we today, have become too soft with the do-gooders in these areas by allowing for any new wave, fad or culture to brew and infest society in these ways. Sure, I'm all for Greenpeace and the battle it has fought and continues to do so, along with reputable others. I also used to be a huge fan of the heavyweight red meats but have toned things down to only having it once or twice a fortnight. Yes, I also have iron infusions and my diet is purely made by choice, and the cost of red meats nothing more. People, should they wish to protest to get their message out, should target the industry associated and not the masses of incident people trying to go about their normal day and the domino affect that Biden's everyone around them. Maybe they should have put a stampede of raging bulls in there to break it up, because they probably wouldn't let Police on horseback do their jobs. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Bob on 13 Apr 2019

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    caperteewaratah

    If they want to send a message I am not against that, but think blocking traffic to be rather disruptive and maybe illegal? I support animals rights and disagree with animal cruetly of any sort. I donate to various animal support groups. I am also a meat eater and have cut down on this with plans to cut down on meat and dairy more. I think Australians eat far too much meat and don't think its good for the planet or our health. I defend the right to eat meat though as people will eat many things which are maybe not that great for health - its a choice, but absolutely hate bad cruel farming practises and having worked and lived on farms myself know that the best produce is made when the animals are treated well. A vegan diet lacks seriously in Vit B group and Vit B injections are cultured from eggs so I don't get the idea about the eggs as the chook is going to lay them anyway, if you eat eggs you are not killing anything. I think you would have a good diet on eggs and vegetables, nuts and fruit .. without the animal protein there is a lack of Vit B group leading to malnutrition. Vegan food is often laden with sugar, so I don't think it is very balanced. Vegetariaism ok, but vegan diet - as a health professional I have cared for many who are very sick.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 13 Apr 2019

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    aussieladee

    Their behaviour shows they are not educated & have probably never been to a farm where these aniamals are kept. They have taken it way too far by tresspassing on private property & cuttong fences so the animals can escape which puts them at risk of injury. The way they are going about it is a form a terrorism & should be treated as such especially once they blocked off streets disrupting services & emergency vehicles. It is time these idiots got a job & grew up, some time in jail will teach them that. As far as I am concerned the farmers should shoot trespassers on sight, maybe that will get the message across

    Posted by aussieladee on 13 Apr 2019

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    Col

    When groups disrupt and cause chaos they certainly become known however they lose their credibility when trying to put their own opinions across. They don't display a balanced or thought out approach. What can happen though is that they start a conversation. Sometimes this creates deeper thinking within the community and can spark change.

    Posted by Col on 13 Apr 2019

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    Kit1347

    Yes I believe they re going too far!!! Stealing animals from farmers is destroying their livelihood. would a vegan like it if someone came into their homes/yards and stole their garden beds or food from inside their homes? I believe that may of these so called protesters are NOT vegans, just those who love protesting about anything! True vegans/vegetarians or any other dietary type of person,should not need to publicise or protest over their choices, this is a very personal issue. Everyone is entitled to eat, drink or do whatever they like -within the legal limits.

    Posted by Kit1347 on 13 Apr 2019

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    Cheryl

    If people want to bring about change, and cannot achieve it through evolution, they will more likely have to do it through revolution, especially if they are addressing a radical cause. This does not excuse what vegans have been doing to farmers, or bringing a city to a standstill, or egging a politician, or attacking a journalist in the street. When they go to such extremes that are, lets face it, against the law, they overstep the mark and begin losing any support they may have gained from the event.

    Posted by Cheryl on 13 Apr 2019

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    Thomas

    They should ALL be arrested! The more they protest, the more meat I eat!

    Posted by Thomas on 13 Apr 2019

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    Dinah

    Well I don’t think it’s un-Australian n it’s in within their rights to stand up for what they believe in, but I think it’s unnecessary for them to stop a busy road because it is dangerous n I’m sure there are other ways of voicing an opinion across. We were born to an earth where everything we need to survive is provided for us. N we as a species will always judge one another n think that the person beside is wrong whether they are or not. So have they gone to far? yes n no, because we can’t help ourselves but make a scene.

    Posted by Dinah on 13 Apr 2019

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    Jennifer

    Yes absolutely gone too far they all should be thrown in jail for what they are doing what gives the right to go on someone's people and do what they do.

    Posted by Jennifer on 12 Apr 2019

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    Robert

    They are all ratbags, and should be treated as such!!!

    Posted by Robert on 12 Apr 2019

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    Ross

    Yes...throw them in jail, they are breaking the law.

    Posted by Ross on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kerry

    Does anyone know what goes on in the Abattoirs and where the animals are left waiting to board the death ships? We've all seen the photos of neglect these animals must endure. Too many people think milk comes from cartons and meat from supermarkets. Have people seen the video clips of cows fretting over their injured calf and pet sheep playing with the family dog? This is why I became a vegetarian.

    Posted by Kerry on 12 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    There's a fine line between standing up for animal cruelty, and disrupting a whole city without notice. The vegans have every right to legally protest about what goes on at abattoirs, and about caged hens, live exports etc. What they don't have a right to do is illegally protest and disrupt city people's lives, trespass on farmers land, and force their thoughts on the rest of us. They need to focus on getting the rest of us on board when it comes to animal cruelty, NOT alienate us with protests that are illegal, and seriously disrupt lives ..... people missed doctors appointments, kidney dialysis, vets appointments etc., as well as being late for work. I have been a veterinary nurse for 31 years, I was one of the people instrumental in getting tail docking in dogs stopped, my neighbours and a couple of really good mates have cattle stations, those cattle have awesome lives. Awful stuff does go on in the animal industry at times, stuff can be improved .... BUT these idiots that had the protests just got the majority of people's backs up .... including mine. I think they were all gung ho, and had no thought as to how it would affect people's attitudes to veganism. I am sure NOT impressed. I know vegans who are horrified at what has gone on.

    Posted by Ulysses on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kerry

    Yes, you made a good point ;-)

    Posted by Kerry on 13 Apr 2019

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    Sharon

    A "disruption" to the Public is NOTHING compared to the barbaric killing of animals. I totally agree with everything they stand for. Someone has to have a voice for these poor animals

    Posted by Sharon on 12 Apr 2019

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    Katie

    Yes they have. If they are so concerned why don't they get off there arse and buy a farm themselves and grow their own vegetables and volunteer with their local conservation group. Making trouble like this doesn't do anything they're just being a nuisance.

    Posted by Katie on 12 Apr 2019

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    Faye

    Yes they have gone too far. Our farmers have copped enough. What they are doing can bring on unfortunate circumstances and people, not only farmers can be in harms way. I love lentels like the next person but do I want to spend every day eating them? Hell no!!! Everyone has choices. Choice is good. Let them be

    Posted by Faye on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kerry

    There is more to eating lentils to be vegetarian. I'm vegetarian and hate lentils. Huge variety on offer.

    Posted by Kerry on 12 Apr 2019

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    Barry

    Yes they have. Just because the Vegans think us cave dweller descendants need to change our diets we like our meats and fish and will continue to eat it. I didn't see any of them go out and help the farmers deal with the drowned stock after the floods. Shame on them.

    Posted by Barry on 12 Apr 2019

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    Skyebie

    Too far. It’s just as bad as pushing a religion onto someone. They can eat what they want to, and I can eat what I want to. Vegans always take their opinions way too far especially the uneducated ones that are just following the trend. I love telling them that their tennis rackets are made from cow intestines, and their plates and porcelain bowls are made from bones, and I’m pretty sure a vegan would reach for a fire extinguisher which also has animal products in it... I have no problem with vegetarians, they’re not extremists, but vegans are over the top, when 98% of the time the whole animal is used, and the animals wouldn’t have had a life to begin with without farming them. As for protesting in that particular fashion, they’re not winning anyone over to their side by messing up their day... Absolutely ridiculous and a waste of everyone’s time. They could do something proactive with that time and energy- volunteer at an animal shelter, volunteer to knit some blankets for the homeless with acrylic yarn as winter draws closer, and keep lobbying the government, (not plain everyday people, going about their daily business) and working with the RSPCA for humane rules for the treatment of animals -that’s a good thing getting those poor hens out of battery cages and things like that. But someone trying to catch a tram is not the person they should be targeting. Don’t they realise that they’ve completely failed and hurt their cause? A much smarter approach to sell their cause for example could be doing a vegan food drive and impress people by donating 1000’s of cans of beans, pasta or rice to food banks around Melbourne, something that’s positive that will grab peoples and media attention that they have a worthy cause. And definitely not have the unrealistic view that people will change overnight, encourage vegetarianism and healthy eating, possibly to just reduce the amount of meat us foodies love. I honestly don’t know what they thought they were going to achieve by protesting in the streets... not only too far, but really dumb. Rant over.

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kerry

    They got your attention though Skyebie.

    Posted by Kerry on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kira

    and in the worst way! In the way that alienates and creates distrust and distaste. Not a smart bunch. A bunch of sheeple, ironically.

    Posted by Kira on 13 Apr 2019

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    Robyn

    Our Farmers are our back bone of this country! so called vegans have gone too far gone too far to me they are nothing but terrorist and should be jailed for life like another terrorist, by the way vegans i do enjoy my thick steak and black pudding

    Posted by Robyn on 12 Apr 2019

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    Kerry

    Robyn, do you really believe vegans were terrorists? Did they threaten, maim or bomb anyone?

    Posted by Kerry on 12 Apr 2019

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    Ulysses

    They stopped people and animals getting medical treatment .... and while calling what they did a terrorist act maybe a little over the top, the people that needed medical help ... or their animals that needed a vet would have been highly stressed.

    Posted by Ulysses on 12 Apr 2019

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    Valerie

    Obviously these protesters don't live on a farm!

    Posted by Valerie on 12 Apr 2019

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    Diana

    For farmers that are the lifeblood of our country to have an extra hassle after flood and drought watching them get up at dawn to keep their animals alive these vegans need to get a life get them up in the dark to feed and care for stock there is no way they can sit around disturbing commuters and people actually with jobs paying tax if they want to be vegans no problems but to distrupt a country with their ridiculous ideas has really gone against their cause!

    Posted by Diana on 12 Apr 2019

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    laurab

    Definitely. No matter what your personal thoughts, you should treat everyone with respect. Farmers don't deserve this.

    Posted by laurab on 12 Apr 2019

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    medusa 12

    Yes I think they have been going to far with the protesting and let people eat meat if they choose too

    Posted by medusa 12 on 12 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    super88

    I’m not going to blame every Vegan for the actions of a few of their number who insisted that their freedom to express themselves is more important than the rights of the wider community to go about their own activities unhindered by people blocking their movements.

    Posted by super88 on 11 Apr 2019

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    ozycash

    What can be done? Nothing as we all have the right to protest. I'm happy that I moved out of Melbourne as there are too many of these things. Most vegans don't realize how much they depend on animal products..

    Posted by ozycash on 11 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    super88

    A right to protest, yes. A right to interfere with the freedom of others , no.

    Posted by super88 on 11 Apr 2019

  • [0] [2]
    Kerry

    Perhaps they should all sit in a nearby park out of view. What would that gain?

    Posted by Kerry on 12 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Ulysses

    Doesn't Melbourne have a central square place where protests are legal? Sorry to be so ignorant .... I'm from the far north & have never had reason to go to Melbourne, but I'm sure there's a place in the CBD that people hold legal protests in.

    Posted by Ulysses on 12 Apr 2019

  • [6] [1]
    tterrypu

    They have gone overboard. It's an example of another minority group trying to tell the masses what to do. They should be made to pay for all the expenses incurred by the government and not just let off with a fine.

    Posted by tterrypu on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [1]
    GeesOpinion

    Way over board. They should use that energy to help animal cruelty or to a better cause.

    Posted by GeesOpinion on 11 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    ozycash

    Help animal cruelty or try to stop animal cruelty?

    Posted by ozycash on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Ulysses

    You are a vegan??? I am a veterinary nurse, and also the neighbour of cattle farmers, if I manage stay to stay awake, please ask me q. You maybe surprised at how well the animals are treated.

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    marli

    Yes. Vegans and Vegetarians have gone too far when they attack or threaten to attack people who disagree with them. Everyone can make their own decision. As I don't want to be told what to eat or drink, I don't want to be told what religion I can or can not follow. Vegan - do what you want to in your own time and space and leave other people alone. In other words - Mind Your Own Business.

    Posted by marli on 11 Apr 2019

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    William

    The people I have seen in protest do not look very healthy they need some protein also some are wearing leather jackets you can't have it both ways

    Posted by William on 11 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    snakelady

    Yes they have gone too far Everyone has the right to eat what they like but dont force it on others There are a few other cultures that push their views onto other too The whole world has gone mad

    Posted by snakelady on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Debbie

    Don't know what the world is coming too

    Posted by Debbie on 11 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    FijiCharlie

    I agree we are supposed to be a free-speaking country and let's try to keep it that way. We all have an opinion but most express it in a calmer manner. Entering people's property ie. farms and the like is trespassing and that is ILLEGAL. How many people were medically compromised because of the closure of roads to emergency vehicles? Yes, we are a democracy which means everyone has the right to their opinion. Do you understand?

    Posted by FijiCharlie on 11 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Aaron

    yes.dont try to force message down oiur throats.

    Posted by Aaron on 11 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    Horn

    Yes they have ! Don't these idiots know that man has been a meat eater since , " The Cave Man Era , " When by the way , the human male used to be the hunter , he carried a club and hit the animal over the head and killed it , then dragged it home to feed the family . Times have changed and now we are more humane , we do never the less still on the whole enjoy our meat . Meat eaters do not dictate to Vegans , or interfere in their lively hood , which is the only behaviour that they participate in that I believe is against the law . As far as I am concerned they should be locked up for the illegal entry to private property and theft of stock from same . Unless they have the means to pay for their own defence , not at the Tax Payers expence , they should stay in jail . They can demonstrate until the cows come home , as long as they have informed the department responsible .

    Posted by Horn on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Pamela

    Yes they have. You cannot force your believes on every single person.

    Posted by Pamela on 11 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    Riki

    I believe the way they have gone about trying to get people to convert to Veganism is wrong. Is has just angered the meat eaters such as myself. Althiugh I eat very little meat (mainly for health reasons) I still think that rallying in the city and blocking traffic is ridiculous.

    Posted by Riki on 11 Apr 2019

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    Vania

    Yes.You can protest all you like, but when you start blocking traffic and disrupting the lives of people trying to get to their jobs, schools etc, then it is not on. I believe a woman who was quite upset and was on her way to have surgery pleaded with a group to let her through. They refused. I have vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian friends and i eat meat but we all respect each other and have no problems with one another having different diets. Live and let live. As for the intrusion onto the farms, this is purely a home invasion and should be charged under the law as such. As if farmers don't have enough hardship to cope with. There are farmers committing suicide. I wonder how many of these protesters donated money to organisations such as 'buy a bale' to feed animals. I suspect not.

    Posted by Vania on 11 Apr 2019

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    Skyebie

    Totally agree, I forgot to put that fact in my opinion at the top of the page.

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Ulysses

    Absolutely ... well said Vania.

    Posted by Ulysses on 11 Apr 2019

  • [10] [0]
    Dee_Lindsay

    I honestly believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, religion, and personal choices, but to slam farmers and strongly go against what we want, is disgusting We live in a Democracy, I am for Animal Rights, but going this far, trespassing on farm land, abuse farmers is taking things too far. We want to make sure Abbatoirs are doing the right thing by the animals, if we don't have any problems with Vegans, then they should leave us meat eaters alone. We all live in this country under the same laws, the only people that are doing anything morally wrong and legally wrong are these vegan protesters. Leave us alone. If you are into helping animals then go and help rescue animals being put down and backyard breeders who cause more problems with our beautiful animals. Put your energy into the real needs animals have. So leave us alone, you are just looking like idiots right now..

    Posted by Dee_Lindsay on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    jennyc355

    They have gone to far and now not a lot believe that they are actually true vegans. Seems like it is used as a front by other groups.Ask a vegan if they have in the house ..eg leather , pets ...

    Posted by jennyc355 on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Skyebie

    Tennis rackets, plates and porcelain bowls, tyres, glue, fire extinguishers, lollies for their children? These all have animal products or byproduct...

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    esther

    For people so intent on animal rights, they've lost sight of people's rights. We all have the right to make a living as farmers do, eat what is suitable for our needs and be conscious of how I food was grown/ butchered. You can't force your opinion on others... it's just your opinion after all.

    Posted by esther on 11 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    Robyn

    Vegans have way overstepped the mark. Throw them in jail that might smarten them up a bit.

    Posted by Robyn on 11 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Greg

    Yes Should I go to there place and disturb them.

    Posted by Greg on 11 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    GJ

    Definitely, they are proving to be just parasites interrupting the lives of innocent people, Those who are able to be identified should be brought to justice and spend a few days behind bars for the damage they have caused. There is absolutely no excuse for their behaviour.

    Posted by GJ on 11 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    Topsyjoan

    yes, they've become way out-of-line and taken their beliefs too far

    Posted by Topsyjoan on 11 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Merril

    Definitely. They should stick to their own ideas and don't force other people to think like them

    Posted by Merril on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Bernie

    They should all be jailed. Disrupting peoples lives to push your own ideology is disgusting. The sooner the States and Federal Governments bring in a law to protect people against these idiots the better

    Posted by Bernie on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    lord mayor

    They should mind their own business. each to their own. how would they react if everyone else protests against any one that is on a Vegan diet. It would be chaos. Perhaps that is what they want

    Posted by lord mayor on 11 Apr 2019

  • [1] [11]
    Daniel

    No. Unfortunately this is what it takes. And that's the universel truth with any real change.

    Posted by Daniel on 11 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Skyebie

    Really? That’s what it takes? What exactly do you mean by that? Do you honestly think that these protests haven’t hurt the objective of vegans? That a whole lot of people that they were trying to reach actively hate those that protested now and have damaged the reputation of veganism? I would suggest that you read my post further to the top of the page as to some other positive ways of getting people’s attention... I took the time to read your post, it’s only fair that you read mine and let me know of what you think about it...

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Horn

    Are you a moron or what Daniel , you sound like a sheep BAAAA , do you break eggs on peoples heads as well !

    Posted by Horn on 11 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    RED770

    Do you think it was ok when the vegan protesters stormed restaurants in Melbourne terrorising customers who were eating meat?

    Posted by RED770 on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [1]
    RussT

    Yes! I would also add that the majority participants in the recent Vegan crowd mayhems are people who are not vegans at all and are just along for the thrill of the ride and exposure on tv and in the press GET A LIFE and stop disrespecting and disrupting people who actually work for a living trying to feed the masses

    Posted by RussT on 11 Apr 2019

  • [2] [8]
    Ernst

    I'm not a vegan but I support them 100% because that is the only way to protest to get people listening!

    Posted by Ernst on 11 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Skyebie

    No it’s not the only way... they have hurt their cause. If they wanted good publicity they could have done something really positive like a vegan food drive to donate beans, rice, pasta, Passata sauce to food banks all around Melbourne, they could all have sat there and knitted blankets for the homeless with acrylic yarn instead of wool... wouldn’t this be the most positive protest, not blocking the streets but all sitting and knitting together and starting a dialogue, you know dialogue, talking back and forth in an amicable reasonable discussion? You don’t think that a food drive and knitting protest would gather people’s attention and media attention? In a positive way? Cause all I see here is negative buddy...

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Aaron

    next time i need someone to hear me ill block the streets...really?

    Posted by Aaron on 11 Apr 2019

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    Iggy's mum

    I thought we lived in a democracy where everyone was entitled to live their life as they wished, in peace and harmony with fellow citizens. Obviously not. If vegans want to draw attention to animal rights, wouldn't they be better off living their life values of no animal products in a peaceful way instead of ruining farmers' livelihoods and terrorising innocent bystanders? They are no better than fundamentalists of any other kinds. Talk about going too far.

    Posted by Iggy's mum on 11 Apr 2019

  • [2] [1]
    Rebecca

    Big time gone to far!! Its now more of an excuse to kick off.

    Posted by Rebecca on 11 Apr 2019

  • [4] [0]
    Elaine

    Keep your cause clean and above board don't drag yourself down to others who you consider are doing the wrong thing, and stay off private property

    Posted by Elaine on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Pierina

    I fully support vegans making their points of view by peaceful demonstrations but I do not support them trespassing of private property to do so, particularly on farms and/or places of business such as restaurants.

    Posted by Pierina on 11 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    libbazz

    I don't care what religion, belief or diet you follow, but don't push your inane ideals on me or anyone else. You have destroyed any sort of credibility you had by trespassing on private property, breaking & entering businesses, hurting & upsetting animals with your stupidity of cutting paddock fences, causing traffic & transport problems for the working people, etc. AND people whinge about Muslims & their radicals, but you guys are the same as the Muslim radicals. If you wish to protest, do it where no-one is interrupted, hurt.or financially impaired. You may not have jobs besides your uni studies, but others do. People lost income due to your selfishness & dictatorial attitudes..

    Posted by libbazz on 11 Apr 2019

  • [8] [1]
    joeseph

    yes they have gone too far it,s about time these people were prosecuted for these crimes and the judges should not be letting them off with a smack on the wrist

    Posted by joeseph on 11 Apr 2019

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    lill

    YES These so call vegans have gone to far. What I want to know is who is supporting them financially, where dose the money come from for them to get around in these hire buses to protest and steel property just to destroy businesses & shut them down, they are so concern for the animals lives what about these Hard Working People and Their Life Style to provide for all Australians... Thanks to this Lucky Country we will never starve & go without because we work hard for our needs Mentally and Physically

    Posted by lill on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Tonyporritt

    YES

    Posted by Tonyporritt on 11 Apr 2019

  • [5] [0]
    jaine

    yes who are they to tell us what to eat or not mind your business on what you eat we have a mind of our own we know whats good for us or not so keep it to your selves Australia is suppose to be a free country so PISS OFF

    Posted by jaine on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    lordofthekitchen

    Yes, the lack of real food protiens,affects the brain, as can be seen from these idiots, if the whole world went vegan tomorrow, the only change would be 4/5ths would be dead of starvation in three months

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 10 Apr 2019

  • [7] [0]
    Matilde

    No one including Vegans has a right to break the law. Their activities are criminal and counter productive to their cause. Their actions are terrorising decent farmers and their families in their homes and threatening their livelihood.

    Posted by Matilde on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Trevmax

    Yes have gone way too far, whsat if their address on a map of australia were posted on the internet. I wonder how many of them have pets?

    Posted by Trevmax on 10 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    cougar first

    yes, I don't tell them what to eat, why should they tell me what to eat. They are cruel to vegetables etc

    Posted by cougar first on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [1]
    Pauline

    Yes way to far, be vegans but don't impose your views on others like terrorists they put peoples life's in danger

    Posted by Pauline on 10 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    Dragonette

    Everyone as the right to their own opinion. Just because someone does not agree with you does not mean that they are wrong. Grow up and stop behaving like terrorists.

    Posted by Dragonette on 10 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    daddymooseman

    yes

    Posted by daddymooseman on 10 Apr 2019

  • [6] [1]
    PETER

    the right to have a viewpoint does not give the right to force that viewpoint on others.

    Posted by PETER on 10 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Paul

    everyone is entitled to their views but no need to carry on like pork chops

    Posted by Paul on 10 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    marilyn01

    They have crossed the line and should not use bullying tactics to get their messages across - have your own beliefs but dont push them onto other people thats intimidation

    Posted by marilyn01 on 10 Apr 2019

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    Stargirl

    Just a little

    Posted by Stargirl on 10 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    Ina

    If they are vegans so be it.dont preach to others about veg asnism. They are going too far and deserve full punishment.the ones who have shut down businesses need to be held accountable and pay compensation.why not go and protest in middle East and Indonesia where animals are treated badly. They would probably be shot. Next protest we should set up free sausage sizzles.

    Posted by Ina on 10 Apr 2019

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    Crabby

    The majority of people commenting here are missing the point! The demonstration was not mounted by rabid Vegans telling the world what to eat, but by a group of caring people demonstrating in the name of Animal Rights and Welfare. Farm animals are subject to the worst cruelty humans can inflict - you only have to see some of the documentaries on the subject to be sickened and outraged by the content. The Government and the producers of farmed meat are putting profit before the welfare of helpless animals - and ignoring petitions and other peaceful attempts to make them rectify the situation, which is why a radical but peaceful demo was required. I don't eat meat and that is my choice - I don't try to force my beliefs on to others, but I DO object to the cruelty involved in the industry.

    Posted by Crabby on 10 Apr 2019

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    Skyebie

    I shall reiterate what I have posted toward the top of the page. It wasn’t peaceful, and it definitely didn’t help the cause... they are almost hated now. Wouldn’t it have been fantastic for them to protest in a positive way- vegan food drive, thousands of cans of beans, bags of rice, passata sauce... combined with hundreds of vegans not in the streets but all around the sidewalks and scenic areas of Melbourne knitting blankets for the homeless with acrylic yarn instead of wool? A positive protest to gain support and media attention... these people have the right to protest but wow did they blow it. Veganism is a negative word now for many many people instead of a positive one.

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

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    gnomeaust

    Crabby, I come from a long line of farmers and believe me when I say they do not mistreat their animals, my uncle was a dairy farmer with some 100 cows and he had names for each one of them, they were well fed and looked after in a manner that made me think he was tending them better than his family at times. He loved his cows. I think you are judging all farmers wrongly, yes they maybe the odd one that is cruel but not all. I strongly suggest that you spend a few days staying at a farm somewhere and see just how the animals are treated before you make your absurd accustations.

    Posted by gnomeaust on 11 Apr 2019

  • [3] [1]
    Sonam

    Yes..way to much..its their choice..shouldn't creat public problem

    Posted by Sonam on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [3]
    Chris

    I think as Australians we all have the right to protest

    Posted by Chris on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [2]
    mact

    Vegans are poorly informed, naive law breakers with an irrational and likely unhealthy attachment to animals rather than looking after the highest form of life... despite that life-forms very real shortcomings.

    Posted by mact on 10 Apr 2019

  • [6] [0]
    Dallas2255

    When the Crusades were on and spreading Christianity it was convert or die. The Vegans remind me of that. They didn't help their cause by disrupting people trying to get to work. By the way I am vegetarian which is a choice. It was not forced on me like the Vegans are trying to do.

    Posted by Dallas2255 on 10 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    Robert

    I thought we had moved on from the Crusades but if we want history Hitler was a vegan and with him it was do or die.

    Posted by Robert on 10 Apr 2019

  • [1] [0]
    christina

    ABSOLUTELY ,IF THEY DONT WANT TO EAT MEAT ,THAT IS FINE JUST DONT TRY TO FORCE YOUR IDEAS ON ANYONE ELSE .!!

    Posted by christina on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    oldboy63

    Just because they do not like meat, does not give them the right to harass those that do. Get life and leave others alone to live their life the way THEY SEE FIT

    Posted by oldboy63 on 10 Apr 2019

  • [2] [2]
    Andrew

    Way way to far ,what they forget is plants are living things too ,are carrots humanely ripped from the garden ?

    Posted by Andrew on 10 Apr 2019

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    dukey

    Yes way way too far, I do not force meat on to a vegan I respect their choice ...hence they should respect others. Trespassing and stealing from farmers is just not on, farmers are doing it tough as is. And how many workers will not get paid from the Melbourne protest because not able to get to work. I do not like animals being treated badly but these protesters should get a job or do volunteer work.

    Posted by dukey on 10 Apr 2019

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    Gus the Goof

    Vegans? What a strange way to spell Morons.

    Posted by Gus the Goof on 10 Apr 2019

  • [7] [1]
    MARTY

    It is totally unacceptable to interfere with other people's lives, ie. blocking traffic to encourage others to see their way of life, which they believe is correct. If they wish to follow a certain diet, they are quite entitled to but have no right to attempt to push it onto other people who live a normal lifestyle. They should all be charged with causing a disturbance.

    Posted by MARTY on 10 Apr 2019

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    travelnan

    Yes way to far forcing a beautiful petting place to close and eeing them loading hose beautiful animals into their cars just made me feel sick,what are they doing with all he animals thy are stealing. Giddy goat was such a beautiful place with happy cared for animals ,now those animals are some place not familiar to them,that's cruelty beyond belief ,go to China and save the animals there that are so badly treated not make life harder for the farmers here who are doing it so tough,AND I am a vegetarian feel so ashamed at these so called Vegans doing what they are doing

    Posted by travelnan on 10 Apr 2019

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    musicveg

    People are missing the point of the demonstration, it was not a vegan protest it was Animal rights protest. It was to be a voice for all the animals who are suffering. If it was people locked up in cages and going to slaughter people would be outraged just as they were when Hitler killed all the Jews. Animals are sentiment beings with feelings, just like your dog or cat that you have as a pet all animals feel the same. Why make them suffer with such cruelty, especially live export. These protesters are taking desperate measures because nothing is being done to stop the suffering.

    Posted by musicveg on 10 Apr 2019

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    Skyebie

    Ummm, what you said was kinda funny, firstly humans are sentient creatures not sentiment, and my dog and my cats eat meat and are not at all sentimental about it, even birds eat worms and pick at animal carcasses... and I do believe that there are many many people living in cages, from prisons and prisoners of war, you haven’t heard about anything that is happening in the Middle East? Palestine? Northern Africa? Southern Africa? South America? North Korea? People are prisoners if they have different beliefs there. If these people were actively trying to stop live animal export why does no one know this? It’s because if it was about live animal exports there would have been many many meat eaters there too. Vegans aren’t the only ones who disagree with that. These protesters were raiding farms, and restaurants, not the boats that send them! The farms that were tress passed on, had nothing to do with live exports... you, my sad ignorant fellow human, you are a very uneducated fool. I feel sorry for your parents.

    Posted by Skyebie on 12 Apr 2019

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    travelnan

    Sorry forcing a place filled with happy well cared for animals to close up is way beyond belief and nothing to do with Hitler or the Jews

    Posted by travelnan on 10 Apr 2019

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    Likeable

    Yes they have gone to far. Everyone has the freedom of speech in Australia. However they do not have the right to push their beliefs down people's throats. I have been to 2 rally's a long time ago. There were police present and it was peaceful. This was done when people were trying to get to work. I know personally of one lady who is a nurse and could not get to her place of employment. This presents then danger to the people at the hospital without nurses and I am sure that happened to others that jobs are necessary to help us. My thought when I saw this was one woman had leather boots on and I wondered where she thought they come from. I know she does not eat meat but this was from an animal which is a bit hypocritical. I do not eat red meat and that is my choice the rest of the family do.

    Posted by Likeable on 10 Apr 2019

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    Eva

    No one has the right to dictate to another about their food choices. We are human beings at different stages of evolution. Some of us still require food sources supplied by animal meat. Others may not or have made the conscious decision to eliminate animal products from their diet. That’s their choice and it is respected. They in turn must respect other people’s choices and to stop judging those who choose to consume animal products. It may be that as we humans become more conscious and loving towards ourselves first and then others, the need or desire to eat animal flesh will become a distance memory. In the meantime, Live and Let Live by MYOB!

    Posted by Eva on 09 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    blessedmum5

    Way too far, it's beyond ridiculous

    Posted by blessedmum5 on 09 Apr 2019

  • [2] [1]
    hardbags

    way too far, their opinion shouldn’t leave their dinnerate. influence people with your happiness, not by ramming your opinion down people’s throats..or farms.

    Posted by hardbags on 09 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    Natasha

    People should never fear attempting to change the values they hold strongly- this is how some of the very rights and freedoms we enjoy today have been fought for and successfully won. Once we start oppressing the right to protest and take action, we might as well grab our ankles and hope the lube application process has not been privatized! Is saying that the really need to review there last effort and hopefully see what particular actions worked against their particular cause?

    Posted by Natasha on 09 Apr 2019

  • [4] [2]
    Bumperandrobbie

    Absolutely when our farmers are struggling after the drought it's unacceptable. They should keep it to themselves if they wish to be VEGANS. Who cares.

    Posted by Bumperandrobbie on 09 Apr 2019

  • [5] [1]
    Lilypily

    Absolutely YES, we choose to eat what we want and no one has the right to use militant like force to change something that is our basic right!

    Posted by Lilypily on 09 Apr 2019

  • [3] [1]
    Pedro24

    Yes Yes Yes. What has happened to Equality, Freedom of speech but more importantly - FREEDOM OF CHOICE. I like eating meat. Homo sapiens have been doing it for eons

    Posted by Pedro24 on 09 Apr 2019

  • [0] [0]
    Natasha

    Contradiction has also been enjoyed for eons, so keep it up Pedro... as is your right!

    Posted by Natasha on 09 Apr 2019

  • [1] [2]
    codegeass

    Where are all the vegans? Jail Noone is defending vegans? NO!

    Posted by codegeass on 09 Apr 2019

  • [3] [1]
    Gregory

    We all should have choices. Without animals , we will quickly destroy the ecology and deplete plant growth. Australia has decimated our car and food industries. We need to respect individual choices of religion , political , and food consumption.

    Posted by Gregory on 09 Apr 2019

  • [2] [3]
    Sugar Ray

    They just need to get a life and let everyone else get on with theirs!

    Posted by Sugar Ray on 09 Apr 2019

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    MissMellyA

    We shall never force everyone to comply with our beliefs entirely. I get, people feel passionate about saving animals and understand why...and I think that's great too...but not by disrupting society for enforcing personal choice and belief...and likely even disrupting some like minded folk. Bad behaviour does create bad reception when you're frontiering your beliefs. Be Vegan, but don't expect everyone else to be...some of us are vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian and carnivores. I do think whatever we are passionate about... We can say without getting mouthy or aggressive about. Difference of opinion is what makes for interesting variance in discussion.

    Posted by MissMellyA on 09 Apr 2019

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    algemyone

    Yes. They are giving vegans a bad name, behaving badly, compromising the safety of the farm animals, and giving the media a great opportunity to ignore real news and beat up opposition to anyone protesting.

    Posted by algemyone on 09 Apr 2019

  • [4] [2]
    bazzachin

    Vegans are like those minority’s who want us yo abolish saying merry Christmas and celibating what we want, they are trying to tell us how we should live and what to eat

    Posted by bazzachin on 09 Apr 2019

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    Blonder

    Grow up you wankers yes your day was a total waste of time for all

    Posted by Blonder on 09 Apr 2019

  • [3] [0]
    AmyLou

    Yes they have definitely!

    Posted by AmyLou on 09 Apr 2019

  • [2] [0]
    margaretjulia

    The people protesting have gone too far.

    Posted by margaretjulia on 09 Apr 2019

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    mousey1973

    I am vegan and I would not consider doing this rubbish I am also a farmers granddaughter I love animals as well but never in my life would I do this stupidity. You invade without all the facts you think you know it all you don't, it is time you all got properly educated. Why don't you do something more constructive like go pick up rubbish to prevent it getting instead and around animals? You want to save animals that is how you save them. I am not ramming my vegetarian non tattooed heterosexual ways in your damn faces why do you have to ram your opinion down everyone else's throats? Shouldn't you all be looking for work as part of your job hunting for Newstart anyone, it seems none of you are employed? You have too much idle time on your hands to go and destroy people's livelihoods. Let's see if you lose your payments for doing utterly stupid things.

    Posted by mousey1973 on 09 Apr 2019

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    queenb

    For all information most people do have a job my daughter is one of them. I Am not totally vegan and probably never will but I totally understand where they come from...the way animals are treated is a shame the cruelty used on them is unthinkable. At the end of the day the whole world can benefit on an animal free diet and the environment would improve greatly! I Am a 74 years old and have seen many changes in society and I have a lot to say these people are not idlers neither stupid they are looking for a better life for all. I know the entire world would never be vegan but some out of necesity will a diet on meat only won't save the world . When the world come to its knees I think vegans will survive very well.

    Posted by queenb on 09 Apr 2019

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    Erik

    Of course the vegans will survive very well. Those that are trying to bring the world to its knees by destroying law abiding families livelihoods will certainly make sure they themselves come out of it alright.

    Posted by Erik on 09 Apr 2019

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    Gandalf1

    Hmm...just a note to self ...I posted a reply to this topic yesterday, and it is no longer listed ?? Maybe because I used the word "wankers"?

    Posted by Gandalf1 on 09 Apr 2019

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    Paula

    Of course they have gone too far. How dare they try to force people not to eat meat. It's the same old give an inch. They have been doing little stunts resulting in little to no consequences so they felt they could take a mile. One was fined $1 after stealing a goat and they have become emboldened feeling right is on their side. I don't think they are credible people, they looked dirty, some tested positive to drugs so it was probably the usual rent a crowd. I'm sure most meat eaters think about where their meat comes from, I know I do and am happy to live with the thought it was once a living thing. Can you imagine what would happen if we stopped eating beef? We need cows for milk so would need a bull to ensure a supply of cows, but a calf isn't always a cow but sometimes a bull, so what happens to him? Is he allowed to simply roam around eating his head off and is joined by more and more bulls? It's not always practical to allow animals to keep being born. Come on, use your brain.

    Posted by Paula on 09 Apr 2019

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    JC

    I think the question everyone needs to ask is why is this being highlighted by the Mainstream Media as "Vegans" and not "Animal Rights Activists". There are several agendas in the way this is being reported. Firstly, to create public outrage and trial by fellow citizens. Secondly, by demonizing a particular group to cause divisiveness; the notion that those in control must divide and conquer. Thirdly, it causes the average citizen to look at ALL forms of protest as something to be disdained. It deters any people in future who may feel truly passionate about a cause to protest the powers that be, possibly with people pushing for the Government to place tougher controls on already dwindling rights to public protest. Look past the news story of "Vegans Disrupting Commuters Going About their day", and see THE REAL agenda here. This is where our rights for freedom of speech, freedom to protest current laws, begin to be eroded. Have a think about this: if the Suffragettes did not illegally protest and cause disruption to gain attention to their cause, would they have gotten Women's rights to vote? Would people of the time been aware of this issue? If the Chinese Students conducting illegal protests in Tienamen Square did not disobey the laws of their land, and cause disruption, would their plight and basic human rights in China have gone unnoticed across the world? I know it's "cool" to bash vegans on Social Media, but look at the big picture and stop being a sheep. Exercise critical thinking and quit following what your Mainstream Media wants you to believe for once in your life! Look outside the box. WHAT IS THE REAL AGENDA?

    Posted by JC on 09 Apr 2019

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    Erik

    These vegan extremists are livestreaming their OWN illegal activities to media - its not the commercial media that has an agenda to demonise these radicals, they are doing it to themselves.

    Posted by Erik on 09 Apr 2019

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    feet

    Vegans have gone too far. People have a right to their own opinions and beliefs.

    Posted by feet on 09 Apr 2019

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    ere

    If we weren't supposed to eat meat God wouldn't have made animals from it.

    Posted by ere on 09 Apr 2019

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    Natasha

    Humans are made of meat, and they have been socially farmed on a mass scale right across the globe, what cut will you be saying grace to over dinner tonight?

    Posted by Natasha on 09 Apr 2019

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    Robyn

    This tactic will not help their cause, they should rethink their methods and spread their message in a more constructive way that shines a light on the animals they want to save from cruelty.

    Posted by Robyn on 09 Apr 2019

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    geraldineb

    disgusted at their methods!! forcing closure of businesses is wrong; huge fines should be imposed on them; not possible to contact them - but they harass others!!!

    Posted by geraldineb on 09 Apr 2019

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    TassieBob

    Save a cow eat a vegan today.

    Posted by TassieBob on 09 Apr 2019