VEGANS stage vigils outside an abattoir — to whisper soothing words to cows set for the chop.
A placard-waving group halts trucks for two minutes to murmur: “I love you” and “We’re sorry”.
Founder Dina Aherne, 38, an ex-solicitor, said: “Cows are sacred, with souls and consciences. We want to comfort them.
“They deserve compassion and respect like any human being.
“We stop each truck and are given two minutes to say the last goodbyes before they get a bolt gun through their heads.
“We whisper things like, ‘We’re sorry’, ‘We see you’, ‘I love you’.
“A life is killed for ten minutes of pleasure from a burger. We want the public to show compassion to these creatures.”
Her Leicestershire Animal Save campaigners gather monthly at Foyle Food Group’s Melton Mowbray site with the firm’s consent.
Their signs have slogans such as, “No hate for drivers, we are here to show love to the animals” and “Your taste = their death”.
Dina, of Leicester, said: “We give two weeks’ notice for when we’re going to be there. We usually arrive at about 8am.
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“Many vegan groups resort to violence. We condemn that. The best way is to peacefully spread the message.” Her group has held 35 vigils since its 2015 founding.
Dr Toni Shepard, of campaign group Animal Equality UK, said of the protests: “It can be stressful for people doing it. For animals, it depends on how it’s done — loud noises may frighten them.”
Foyle kills more than 7,500 cows a week at nine UK sites.
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