Failing to appreciate all that’s been done for cows, protesters chose “Cow Appreciation Day” to mob a local Chick-fil-A and berate customers for condoning the slaughter of chickens.
The protesters had with them fake bloody knives, which they used to pretend to slit the throat of a child dressed up as a chicken, and another kid dressed as a cow. While not an entirely inaccurate portrayal of one of the methods used to correctly slaughter farm animals, mothers of children in the restaurant didn’t find the stunt to be an informative demonstration.
“What you didn’t see on the video was when they first walked in, they actually slit the throats of the chicken and the person dressed up as a cow, and then they fell down to the ground,” said Tina Leacock, who was shopping at the Shoppes at Park Place in Pinellas Park and was at the Chik-Fil-A with friends and 19 children under 9 years old.
Seeing as they were vegans, the protesters were impervious to the argument: “Well, we have to eat something.”
They chanted: “It’s not food. It’s violence.”
“We came in there with the approach to show the reality of this is what’s happening to these animals,” explained Kayla Leaming, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere, the group that was behind the protest.
“I’m all for everybody being able to speak their own mind and tell their opinion on what they believe in, but they kind of crossed the line when they proceeded to slit the throats of human beings,” she said. “Kids couldn’t tell the difference between what’s real and fake.”
The true tragedy of it all is that, if not for the vicissitudes they have wrought on the chicken population, Chick-fil-A would be a steadfast ally with Direct Action Everywhere in the strides they have made for Earth’s race of cows.
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