A militant vegan who allegedly stormed Luis Vuitton wearing a g-string and smeared with her own menstrual blood says she’ll never stop protesting against the ‘animal holocaust’ – even if her friends and family abandon her.
Tash Peterson was charged with disorderly conduct after she allegedly interrupted shoppers at the high-end store at Raine Square in Perth’s CBD on August 21 yelling: ‘If you’re not vegan, you’re an animal abuser’.
She will face Perth Magistrates Court in mid-September and believes she will be hit with a $6,000 fine, but the 27-year-old is unfazed and believes the alleged demonstration was a wild success.
‘I think it was my most powerful disruptive protest yet,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s important for me to be as creative as possible so more people see my message – the moment my clothes come off, I get a lot more attention.’
Tash Peterson (pictured) said she will never stop protesting animal rights in public
Tash Peterson (pictured, second right) said she knows she gets a lot of attention when she takes her clothes off, and uses it for her public demonstrations
A day after the bloody stunt, she was at it again outside the same store carrying a megaphone and wearing a cropped black hoodie with ‘end the animal holocaust’ on the front and ‘if you’re not vegan, you’re an animal abuser’ on the back.
The serial protester then started accusing stunned strangers on the street of being murderers.
‘Who was murdered for your leather bag, down jacket and woollen jumper? If you buy animal skin, fur, wool, scales, feathers and silk, you are paying for the most horrific animal abuse on this planet,’ she bellowed into the megaphone.
While the footage of Ms Peterson being dragged out of Luis Vuitton by burly security guards while wearing next to nothing and drenched in her own fluids was alarming, the serial protester said she’s only just getting started.
She has now traded in her job as a pool lifeguard to sell topless and nude selfies for her Only Fans subscribers, and earns staggering $40,000 per month – more than enough to fuel her dream of being a full-time activist.
‘I was trying to figure out how to sustain my life as a full-time activist,’ she said.
The social media influencer marched into the designer store in Perth wearing only a nude G-string, with red paint daubed from her chest down to her crotch
Ms Peterson (pictured) makes about $40,000 per month on risque platform OnlyFans
‘I’d been considering Only Fans for almost a year, and I thought deeply about it and realised I’m on a mission to help animals – I’m willing to do almost anything to help them.’
Unbridled by finances, Ms Peterson is thrilled to be able to pour all her energy into her ‘creative’ public demonstrations.
‘I want to go inside facilities and expose the [animal] industry,’ she said.
‘There are so many amazing forms of activism – I’m so grateful to be a full-time activist now – maybe eventually one day I can travel the world and do it.’
Ms Peterson’s abrasive demonstrations usually involve chastising customers at non-vegan restaurants, supermarkets and shops for consuming animal products – while scantily clad and dripping with blood.
Earlier this year, her wild stunts saw her banned from every pub in Western Australia.
On Friday she revealed that Instagram deleted her Vegan Booty page, which boasted about 31,000 followers, for repeatedly uploading photos of animal abuse to ‘expose’ the industry.
Tash Peterson said she has always been a driven person, and uses her determination to stand up for animal rights
Pictured: Tash Peterson dressed as a cow while protesting against the dairy industry
When asked if she ever feels embarrassed or ashamed after any of her protests, which are filmed and widely distributed on social media, Ms Peterson said any backlash she receives only encourages her to keep going.
‘It’s a very surreal feeling going inside a venue and doing a unique protest – it’s difficult to explain what it’s like in the moment, but I’m there for these trillions of animals who are suffering,’ she said.
‘I do get incredibly nervous before disrupting, but once I’m inside I feel empowered.’
Ms Peterson already has a criminal record for trespass after she ran on to Perth Stadium in the first-ever women’s Western Derby in 2020 while holding a black flag reading ‘right to rescue’ – until Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers tackled her.
When she walked free from Perth Magistrate’s Court, she and a fellow activist stood on the court steps for several minutes with black duct tape over their mouths holding signs reading ‘it’s time to listen to the animals’.
Peterson refused to answer questions from reporters while the squeals of cows and pigs being slaughtered in Western Australian abattoirs played from nearby speakers.
Pictured: Tash Peterson holding a pig head while protesting against animal abuse
Tash Peterson (pictured as a child) said she has always loved animals and would swim out to sea to be with dolphins
She acknowledged that she will have to be careful not to land in jail where her animal rights messages would fall on deaf ears, but feels that her brushes with the law are justified.
‘I don’t want to have to be breaking the law, but I believe one has a moral obligation to break unjust laws,’ she said.
‘If I’m getting a criminal record because I’m getting my message out there, that’s something I’m willing to risk.’
Ms Peterson is also happy to forgo precious relationships with family and friends who can’t handle her very public form of activism.
‘I’m willing to risk any relationships with family and friends – nothing is going to stop me – I find I’m only wanting to do more than I ever have before,’ Ms Peterson said.
Pictured: Tash Peterson with her boyfriend Jack Higgs, who also joins her on protests
‘I’ve lost many friendships already because people can’t handle that I do this sort of thing – I don’t really speak to a lot of my old friends anymore.’
Ms Peterson recalled her mother laying in bed for months because she was so riddled with anxiety over the amount of times the police came knocking on the door looking for her only daughter.
She said it put an ‘enormous’ strain on her family, who became increasingly stressed over her antics, ‘but it wasn’t going to stop me,’ she added.
While her mother eventually went vegan herself and now supports her daughter’s active vegan lifestyle flourishing Only Fans page, her father has had a harder time trying to accept her life decisions.
‘He says he’s proud, but it doesn’t quite sit right with him,’ she said.
‘It’s affected our relationship a lot, but it’s not going to stop me.’