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French butchers ask for police protection from violent vegan activists

Butchers in France have written to the interior minister to ask for protection against violence and intimidation from vegan campaigners who "want to impose their lifestyle on the immense majority of people".

French butchers ask for police protection from violent vegan activists
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The letter from the head of the CFBCT butchers' confederation, which represents 18,000 businesses across the country, was sent to Interior Minister Gerard Collomb last week and seen by AFP on Monday.
   
“We count on your services and on the support of the entire government so that the physical, verbal and moral violence stops as soon as possible,” CFBCT head Jean-François Guihard wrote in the letter.
   
Several butcher shops were vandalised and sprayed with fake blood in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France in April, while the CFBCT said there were also precedents in the southern Occitanie region. 
   
As in other Western countries, eating habits are changing rapidly in traditionally carnivorous France where non-meat food options were once difficult to find on restaurant menus.
 
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Vegetarianism and veganism have gained in popularity, leading to falling meat sales, while the animal rights movement is an increasingly visible presence in the media, led by campaigning actress Brigitte Bardot.
   
The butchers' group accused vegans of “wanting to impose on the immense majority of people their lifestyle, or even their ideology.”
   
In March this year, a vegan cheesemaker was prosecuted over a Facebook message about a supermarket butcher who was killed in a terror attack.
   
“You are shocked that a murderer is killed by a terrorist,” wrote the animal rights activist, named as Myriam by media. “Not me. I've got zero compassion for him, there's justice in it.”
   
Faced with declining meat sales, farmers' groups have effectively lobbied the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks to prevent measures seen as anti-meat.
   
A proposal to require schools to introduce a vegetarian meal at least once a week was dropped in parliament, while food producers have also battled to ban the use of “steak”, “fillet”, “bacon” or “sausage” for non-meat products.
   
A proposal was tabled in the form of an amendment to an agriculture bill in parliament in April, which would hit vegetarian or vegan products marketed as meat alternatives.

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Assault charges after Paris butcher doused in red liquid

Two people are facing assault charges after dousing a butcher and his stand with red liquid at a market in Paris over the weekend, prosecutors said.

Assault charges after Paris butcher doused in red liquid

The butcher, who specialises in organically-raised meat, was at his stall in the covered Saint-Quentin market in the north of the capital when it was targeted on Saturday.

“I was preparing a client's order. I felt liquid hit me, I touched my head and the liquid was quite red,” the butcher told BFM television.

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“I looked up and there were 15 or 20 people in front of the stand with the slogans 'Freedom and defence for animals',” he said.

The two suspects were to be brought before a judge to face potential charges later on Monday.

A series of French butcher shops have been vandalised in recent months by “anti-speciesism” activists, who say eating meat is an immoral violation of the rights of other species.

Last month a court in northern France handed jail terms to two vegan activists for a string of attacks on butchers, shops and restaurants selling meat.

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