Liverpool’s vegan community is reportedly fired-up after two days of vegan activism led by Joey Carbstrong.
The Australian native attended a vigil at the notoriously difficult ‘CS Morphet & Sons Ltd’ slaughterhouse and presented a workshop to 100 enthusiastic vegan activists.
Around 40 compassionate individuals attended the vigil, during which Joey attempted to converse with police officers about veganism.
It was also attended by local BBC news crews keen to film the growth of vegan activism in Liverpool and the UK, who witnessed a slaughterhouse worker attempt to hit and activist with a paddle and pull on her scarf to choke her.
A complaint has been made to police about the incident.
Only one truck arrived carrying animals whilst activists were there, but the group were approached by a farmer, who engaged in a discussion with Joey about veganism and its benefits for health, the environment, and animals.
Carbstrong speaks with police at a vigil
The following day organizers from Liverpool Pig Save hosted ‘Slaughter In The City’, followed by a workshop for new activists.
Throughout the day, Joey told his audience that he used to speak to people in an angry manner, but that he realized that this was soothing his own anger around animal suffering and wasn’t necessarily the best method of encouraging people to listen to what he had to say.
Andrew Garner, who organized the vigil and the Slaughter In The City event, said: “It was great to have Joey with us for this event.
“He’s a well known public figure and we wanted to give activists and opportunity to learn from him and the way he speaks to non-vegans about their life choices.
“It was also wonderful to have the BBC show an interest in what we were doing.”
He added: “Veganism is growing at an incredible rate in the UK, and it’s amazing to see the mainstream media standing up and acknowledging the rise in activism.
“We’ll be arranging further events like this across the country in 2018.
“We hope that people will attend and learn from them, because how we communicate with people about a more compassionate lifestyle has always been important, but will become more important as time goes on.”