Butchers who give bangers to the homeless are targeted by vegan vandals

Posted On 13 Jun 2019 at 2:51 pm

By Jim Deans

An independent Brighton butcher has been targeted by vegan vandals who threw red paint at his shop front and sprayed meat is murder on the pavement.

Paul Clark of Clarks’s Meat and Poultry on Lewes Road discovered the damage when he opened up at 6.30am today.

But the butcher has been overwhelmed with support from customers – including a homeless organisation he donates meat to which has urged its supporters to show their solidarity by buying a banger.

Mr Clark said: “They’re idiots aren’t they? I’m a small business, why do it to someone like me?

“If someone does this kind of thing, it means they’ve lost the argument. It’s just vandalism.

“I’ve managed to get the paint off myself with a lot of scrubbing, and I borrowed some anti graffiti cleaner from the funeral directors next door.

“It was being scrubbed off by the time people were turning up. A few parents on the school run saw it.

“I have had a huge response from customers and friends and people on the homeless network, all of support which is nice.”

Jim Deans, of Sussex Homeless Support, said: “I am fuming. Paul Clark  goes out of his way to help us. He constantly provides us with meat so we are able to feed the growing homeless numbers in the city.

“I see Paul virtually every day in his old van running round the city scraping a living which he just about manages.

“He clears his wardrobe out to give us clothing to put on the backs of Brighton’s rough sleepers.

“He visits our offices and buses regularly and never asks for any reward for what he does.

“To see this been done to little shop on Lewes Road is outrageous. All this group have done is create anger against them and possibly every happy law abiding vegan in society.

“Please drop into his shop and buy a few sausages – you can take them or leave them for us but please support him.

“This morning I was at Paul’s shop offering him support while giving him a chunk of the charities money to supply sausages for Sunday’s street kitchen.

“I hope today true vegans go into his shop say sorry for the vandal’s damage and buy us a few sausages.”

A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the criminal damage of a butcher’s shop in Lewes Road, Brighton.

“Red paint was found to have been thrown over the front of the shop at 6.30am on Thursday (June 13) and black paint daubed on the ground.

“Anyone with information about the incident or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area overnight is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 256 of 13/06.”

  1. Rj Reply

    Not all are like this. Please don’t blame them all. They need to condone this action.

    • Sam Reply

      “Real vegans should go in and apologise and buy us sausages”- just like Christians don’t owe any apologies for the KKK, they don’t need to apologise for a small group of people, who may not even be vegan but are actually just random vandals trying to harm vegans. Vegans do not owe them sausages to prove they’re “the good ones”

  2. Alison James Reply

    I am appalled by this action against a local business- Paul Clark sounds like a generous,lovely and selfless owner. Not all Vegans are Activists or would behave this way. By doing this they are bringing negative attention to their cause and achieving nothing. Shameful behaviour.

  3. Jason Reply

    I will be supporting this shop tomorrow and purchasing meat I would never normally buy just to prove a point how narrow minded they individuals are.

    We all have opinions, doesn’t give someone the rights to vandalise. I think human’s should eat meat, you don’t see me vandalising vegan stores because they don’t share my views. Who do these people think they are, they are just embarrassing real vegans.

  4. Jason Reply

    While I agree with the statement by “Jason” (above), I’d like to point out that he is not me. I didn’t make that comment.

  5. Matt Reply

    Veganism stands for kindness & compassion, this headline is awfully misleading & innaccurate. The graffiti slogan is one for animal activists. If we’re going to point the finger, please do so in the right direction. How do I request a withdrawal or correction?

  6. Jemma Hammond Reply

    I totally agree with Matt. This article is a shameful promotion of meat eating which causes immense animal suffering. Envouraging people to eat sausages which are extremely bad for health is ill advised

  7. Yian Reply

    Mr. Clark should save a pot of blood and throw it on the Vegans next time they visit.

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