An animal rights activist was ordered out of KFC after storming into the fast-food chain and showed diners grotesque images of slaughtered chickens.
Tarion Partridge, 24, targeted a high street branch of the fast food chain in Leicester and confronted customers as she filmed a YouTube video to promote the vegan cause.
Carrying a screen which she said was displaying images of conditions inside chicken farms, she approached diners telling them the process of producing meat was cruel, Leicestershire Live reports.
However, her shock tactics received a less than welcome reception from staff and customers alike, including the daughter of a chicken farmer.
The dedicated vegan’s mission was also met with laughs when she compared the plight of baby chicks to household dogs. However she wasn’t fazed by the diners’ indifference and staff members’ insistence that she could not film inside their restaurant.
Having made her point over several minutes – despite staff warning her they would call the police – the campaigner went outside into High Street and had a more positive exchange with two young people.
Her YouTube post reveals how she was met with some hostility after entering the restaurant, declaring the place “smells of death”. Tarion was told by a series of people that they didn’t want to see the footage and wanted to be left in peace to eat their meals.
“I’m eating my chicken,” one man is heard telling her. However, she remained determined to make her point and is later seen meeting a woman who is the daughter of a chicken farmer.
The woman says she believes there is little she can do to help out the chicks, but Tarion believes otherwise. “You could stop eating it,” she suggests.
“You think that you think there’s nothing you could do but there is because if you stop eating it, you stop buying them it will stop them farming chickens.”
In response, the woman, who appeared understanding of the vegan cause, took exception with Tarion’s approach. She asks: “So you’re quite happy to force your opinion on other people?”
Her activist’s video next sees her speaking to two men eating a KFC, with Tarion asking them: “Do you like dogs? Do you have a dog? Do you like your dog? Would you like it if your dog was taken to a slaughterhouse, body chopped up into pieces? No-one would eat dogs, why?” she asks them.
“Because it’s weird,” she is told. She replies: “It’s weird because you’ve been conditioned to think it’s weird. You know a chicken’s only four weeks old when they’re murdered. “Still tasty though,” replies one of the men.
As the exchanges continue, the video, which was posted on her YouTube channel at the end of May and has been viewed more than 8,000 times, shows members of staff approach her. “We don’t want our customers to see that,” one is seen telling her.
Tarion, whose channel has more than 2,000 subscribers, said the threat of police being called did not put her off her stride, she said: “When they asked me to leave, I just thought that people were being denied the right to see this footage.
“Yes it’s uncomfortable and shocking, but it needs to be seen. If the police did arrive I’d have tried to make them go vegan too.
“More people are waking up and seeing the truth which is great, but more people need to see what’s happening out there. I won’t give up doing what I’m doing.
“It’s so easy to go vegan these days. It’s 2022, there are so many alternatives out there – you don’t need to eat chicken or any other meat.”