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Huge blow for controversial vegan activist

Controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson loses Instagram account
Controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson hast lost her Instagram account.

Controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson has had her Instagram account shut down.

WA activist Tash Peterson’s account, @vganbooty, disappeared from the social media platform on Monday.

Those who try to visit her Instagram page are met with an error page that flags her account “may have been removed”.

She has since reverted to her another account, posting photos from a trip to Norway’s Northern Lights on Wednesday.

“Northern lights and animal abuse free wood fired pizza on a veganic permaculture farm,” she wrote on a post.

Controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson loses Instagram account
Vegan activist Tash Peterson has staged multiple controversial protests against what she sees as human abuse of animals. Picture: Supplied
Vegan animal activist - Tash Peterson with a newborn lamb she stole from a farm. Picture: Instagram
Vegan animal activist - Tash Peterson with a newborn lamb she stole from a farm. Picture: Instagram

The reason for her account being shutdown is unknown, however, its not the first time she’s been banned from the app.

Some Instagrammers commented on her post and expressed dismay that the controversial figure’s account was removed.

“Ughhh I hate how they keep banning your IG account. I never understood what do they profit off of it,” one fan wrote.

“Damn your Instagram got banned again by the (snow) patrol..” another wrote.

“Account number 6? I’ve lost track, so sorry they keep taking it down and banning you, never EVER give up.”

Ms Peterson replied saying: “Haha yes so frustrating! I sure won’t”.

Some of these comments have been removed.

The Perth-born activist is a controversial figure.

Tash Peterson vegan activist chaotic protest at Fyre restaurant. Picture: Instagram @Vganbooty
Tash Peterson vegan activist chaotic protest at Fyre restaurant. Picture: Instagram @Vganbooty
The pair clashed several times. Picture: Instagram @Vganbooty
The pair clashed several times. Picture: Instagram @Vganbooty

She has protested high-end stores smeared in blood and red liquid to call attention to what she sees as human abuse of animals.

On June 30 this year, she protested the high-end Fyre restaurant in Perth after chef John Mountain banned vegans from his establishment.

During the protests, the activist played loud audio of squealing pigs while shouting about an “animal apocalypse” as diners tried to enjoy their food.

Mr Mountain is suing Ms Peterson for defamation, claiming social media posts published on her Facebook and Instagram accounts had caused damages to his business.

“I constantly get daily death threats, and terrible emails and it’s just too much,” he told A Current Affair.

Meta has been contacted for comment.

Ms Peterson has also had a war of words with Piers Morgan on live television, with the British media personality condemning her use of the word “holocaust” in relation to animal rights.

Morgan said he ‘didn’t mind people being vegan,’ but was damning of Peterson’s protest methods. Picture: Instagram
Morgan said he ‘didn’t mind people being vegan,’ but was damning of Peterson’s protest methods. Picture: Instagram
Peterson wore a T-shirt bearing her controversial Holocaust statement. Picture: Instagram
Peterson wore a T-shirt bearing her controversial Holocaust statement. Picture: Instagram

“Why would you use the word holocaust? Holocaust is the mass extermination of more than six million Jewish people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis,” he said in 2022

“Why would you use that very emotive language knowing it would offend people?”

The activist shot back it was a “factual statement” to describe the killing of animals for food as a Holocaust.

“If you look at the definition of a holocaust it is slaughter or destruction on a mass scale.

“Multiple holocausts have occurred throughout human history and non-human animals can be subjected to the same atrocities that humans can.”