Vegans unhappy with butcher's sign poking fun at plant-based diet

By Iona Young & Lorna Hughes

Vegans have voiced their anger at an 'ignorant' sign placed outside a butchers.

The tongue-in-cheek sign calls on locals to end 'violence against plants' by eating meat.

It pokes fun at a common argument used by vegetarians and vegans that innocent animals are killed to satisfy carnivores - but not everyone saw the funny side after a local who spotted it shared a photo on Facebook.

Some branded it "nonsense", with the owners even called "psychopaths" by some, Edinburgh Live reports.

However the butchers behind the sign have been amused by the online reaction - and said they appreciated the free advertising.

Jakub Dragon, a 22-year-old student, said: "I just think it’s nonsense, I don’t understand, how can they justify killing an animal like that. It only bring anger, and fights and I don’t find that funny.

"Surely eating plants is less damaging to the environment, and plants, unlike animals are not sentient."

Kevin Thomson exclaimed: "Jeez, the ignorance is astonishing. Plants are not sentient and exist in synergy with humans and animals as a food source.

"You just can't say I murdered a carrot. People will cling to all sorts of nonsense to justify murdering animals....animals that have exactly the same fundamental wishes as us - to be happy, safe and free from suffering."

Adam Rennie said: "So if I interpreted that right we need to eat the humans because it was humans that killed the plants too?"

Lisa Roy added: "And what does their meat eat?"

The sign caused offence (Submitted)

The chalk sign reads: "Every day thousands of innocent plants are killed by vegetarians. Help end the violence and eat meat."

Gilly Billy argued there was no need to be upset, saying: "Surely we can take this in good humour.

"These people are running a business that has been in their family for generations. It doesn’t mean we all have to eat meat.

"It can’t be okay for Vegans to fly the vegan flag, and not okay for meat eaters to do the same. Regardless of our reasons behind being Vegan."

The sign was outside W.M Christie in Bruntsfield, a fifth generation family butcher which was established since 1889.

Willie Christie, who runs the butchers with his brother, said it was just a joke and intended to promote his business.

He said: "As it it’s veganary, isn’t it fitting it could be meatanury too? It wasn’t malicious in anyway, just a simple joke and banter.

"People have taken it wrongly. we are surrounded with people telling us to go vegan and vegetarian, yet my business is a butchers. We sell meat and I’m promoting my business.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I respect that, I’m just expressing mine. And it seems to have worked, given the attention my Butchers has now received."

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