Attacks on small businesses by vegan activists are on the rise, according to the Countryside Alliance.
Death threats, stoked by social media and encouraged by international groups of activists, have caused butchers and farmers to “live in fear.”
Marlow Butchers, in, Ashford, Kent, was targeted earlier this month by activists who daubed red paint on the doors and windows of the shop.
Since then, the business has been subjected to online abuse.
Wayne Marlow, who runs the business with his father and brother, told Kent Online:
On the internet it has been very threatening.
It has got ridiculous – activists from as far away as Australia are getting involved.
The internet is the worst thing as not only are they threatening to physically destroy our business, but they are also tying to ruin our reputation online, too, by leaving negative reviews and comments.
They want to close us down and people are threatening to smash the windows or petrol bomb the store.
We live in fear and we’re up worrying at night – they are terrorising us.
The family has reported the threats to the police.
Cowardly, bullying & nasty – that’s Animal Rights activism summed up in one story. If you are anywhere near Ashford go and buy yourself a steak for the bbq from Marlow Butchers https://t.co/0KbxPaUZPy
— Tim Bonner (@CA_TimB) May 27, 2018
Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance told The Telegraph:
There’s been an escalation of attacks on butchers, markets, and even abattoirs…