French butchers have been writing to the government asking for protection against the vegan community, with militant vegan defacing shop fronts in attempts to change the country’s traditional meat-heavy culture. The letter was sent by the CFBCT butchers’ confederation.
Fifteen shops have been splashed with fake blood, and federation chief Jean-François Guihard called the attacks a form of terrorism. Guihard said: “It’s terror that these people are seeking to sow, in their aim of making a whole section of French culture disappear.”
In the letter sent to interior minister Gérard Collomb, it reads: “We are counting on your services and on the support of the entire government to stop [the attacks] as swiftly as possible.”
Butchers have claimed that they have been under ‘physical, verbal and moral’ attack from militant vegans, and that hostility towards their profession has been encouraged by the media exposure to the anti-meat cause. Militant vegans were accused of “wanting to impose on the immense majority of people their lifestyle, or even their ideology.”
Fishmongers and a restaurant in Lille have also been targeted by animal welfare activists. Activists have been using speciesism as reasoning for their attacks, which have consequently seen butchers asking for protection. The phrase ‘No to speciesism’ has been written across shopfronts and windows have been smashed in protest against their profession and the meat industry.
It is thought that 18,000 butchers in France feel threatened by the vegan movement and the media attention it is gathering.