The two men who ate raw squirrel at a vegan food stall have been fined £600.
Deonisy Khlebnikov, 22, and Gatis Lagzdins, 29 ate the furry animals at the Vegan Soho Market in Rupert Streey, London on 30 March.
Onlookers were upset as they witnessed Khlebnikov and Lagzdins disturbing protest against veganism. Lagzdins wore a t-shirt saying “Veganism = Malnutrition.”
The pair were convicted of public order offences, but denied the disorderly behaviour when on trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court in June.
They were found guilty on Monday 22 July 2019.
Khlebnikov was fined £200. Lagzdins, who did not attend the hearing, was fined £400.
This protest shocked so many onlookers, as squirrels are not generally seen as a normal meat to eat.
Andrew Rowan, Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University stated: “the only consistency in the way humans think about animals is inconsistency.”
Although justice was served in this case, the protest wouldn’t have had as great of an effect, or gained as much media attention if the pair ate raw bacon, for example.