Vegan protester Tash Peterson brought her megaphone to the gates of a zoo where a veteran elephant died this week, colliding with passersby.
Vegan activist Tash Peterson has protested outside the Perth Zoo days after the death of beloved elephant Tricia.
Ms. Peterson posted a video of herself on her social media on Saturday, demonstrating at the zoo’s entrance gates using a megaphone.
Another activist held a sign and urged people to watch “Watch Dominion on YouTube”, a 2018 Australian documentary filming secret footage of inside farms in an attempt to negatively influence public opinion on livestock farming.
Mrs. Peterson, dressed in a top with the slogan “vegan forever” on the sleeves, clashed with some passers-by who scolded her as she protested about captive animals.
A man appeared to be trying to reach for her phone, while a young woman tried to grab her megaphone and berated her.
“Placing animals in zoos is cruel, barbaric and outdated,” Peterson shouted into the megaphone.
“Wild animals belong in the wild, not in prison in cities.
“Animals are not food, goods, entertainment, clothing, objects or machines.
“They are human beings just like us and have the right to live free from harm.”
The protest comes after the death of Perth Zoo matriarch Tricia – the oldest elephant in Australasia – following “age-related complications”, including poor sleep and mobility issues.
The Asian elephant was 65 and considered one of the oldest in the world.
She died on Wednesday surrounded by zoo staff, some of whom had cared for her for 20 years.
There are two other elephants at the Perth Zoo – the female Permai and the male Putra Mas – and Permai refused to leave Tricia’s side for some time after her death.
“Like humans, elephants go through a grieving process and the loss of Tricia will be hard on her elephant family,” Perth Zoo said in a social media post.
Tricia came to Perth from Vietnam in January 1963.
The zoo hosted a memorial walk in Tricia’s honor on Saturday, and the walk will remain open for a week so people can celebrate the elephant.
The zoo also donated half of all ticket sales on Sunday to the Tricia Fund, to help protect elephants in the wild and build a sentry in Sumatra.