Group chant "meat is murder" at Tesco deli counter

Braintree and Witham Times: Group chant "meat is murder" at Tesco deli counter Group chant "meat is murder" at Tesco deli counter

Protesters from an unknown animal welfare group have staged a demonstration at a Tesco deli counter.

Shoppers in Witham witnessed the peaceful protest from the group of about a dozen people while perusing the meat section of the Grove Centre store yesterday at around 2pm.

Police were called to the store after campaigners held graphic photographs of chickens and pigs and chanted about animal cruelty.

Don Barnard, 72, of Maldon Road, Witham, said: “There were a lot of people chanting about chickens and shouting "meat is murder".

“I was going to buy a chicken but then it changed my mind, so I went to get a few slices of beef but they started chanting about that instead.

“Tesco went in and had a few words and left them to it - they handled it quite well.”

Chris Philbin, 42, of Baker Way, Witham, said: “I didn’t know who they were or what group they were part of but Tesco was quite easy-going about it.

“As soon as people started getting their camera phones out, they strategically placed members of staff in front of the group.”

A spokesman for Tesco said that they asked a group of protesters to leave the store to ensure that their customers were not disrupted.

Essex police were called by Tesco staff at around 2.30pm and arrived to find the group leaving of their own accord.

No further action has been taken by the supermarket or police.

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7:40am Thu 29 May 14

Bhudeeka says...

pathetic - i have news for you - veggies are murderers too - anything that grows feels pain so remember that the next time you bite into an aubergine,carrot, apple...humankind is meant to eat meat - you don't want to that's up to you but stop hassling the rest of us who do want to.
pathetic - i have news for you - veggies are murderers too - anything that grows feels pain so remember that the next time you bite into an aubergine,carrot, apple...humankind is meant to eat meat - you don't want to that's up to you but stop hassling the rest of us who do want to. Bhudeeka
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12:41pm Thu 29 May 14

Dave Bruce says...

These people are entitled to their own opinions, of course, but it is just that, their own opinion. Just because they don't like eating meat does not mean that it is wrong for others to eat it. It's a good job they didn't have to survive the war years: some members of my family were reduced to eating squirrel and whale meat to survive. If you didn't eat what was available, you faced starvation. Men and women risked their lives every day to bring food to this country. Read, learn and be grateful. Above all, grow up.
These people are entitled to their own opinions, of course, but it is just that, their own opinion. Just because they don't like eating meat does not mean that it is wrong for others to eat it. It's a good job they didn't have to survive the war years: some members of my family were reduced to eating squirrel and whale meat to survive. If you didn't eat what was available, you faced starvation. Men and women risked their lives every day to bring food to this country. Read, learn and be grateful. Above all, grow up. Dave Bruce
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12:18am Fri 30 May 14

Muk says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
pathetic - i have news for you - veggies are murderers too - anything that grows feels pain so remember that the next time you bite into an aubergine,carrot, apple...humankind is meant to eat meat - you don't want to that's up to you but stop hassling the rest of us who do want to.
Vegetables can't feel pain because they lack a central nervous system so calling veggies murderers is a bit ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: pathetic - i have news for you - veggies are murderers too - anything that grows feels pain so remember that the next time you bite into an aubergine,carrot, apple...humankind is meant to eat meat - you don't want to that's up to you but stop hassling the rest of us who do want to.[/p][/quote]Vegetables can't feel pain because they lack a central nervous system so calling veggies murderers is a bit ridiculous. Muk
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1:53pm Sat 31 May 14

Bhudeeka says...

Muk and you talk it, it is a proven fact that anything that lives feels pain your argument of central nervous system blah blah is total crud used by many ignornat people each species has itsown nervous system you moron - if it grows it lives it feels so who is ridiculous now - thats right YOU
Muk and you talk it, it is a proven fact that anything that lives feels pain your argument of central nervous system blah blah is total crud used by many ignornat people each species has itsown nervous system you moron - if it grows it lives it feels so who is ridiculous now - thats right YOU Bhudeeka
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