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    Vegan protestor banned from every pub in the State of WA.

    Vegan protester Tash Peterson is banned from every WA pub via liquor laws. Legal experts are concerned


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    Animal rights activist Tash Peterson says she is leaving WA after being banned from entering all licensed businesses in the state.(ABC Radio Perth: Alicia Bridges)

    The use of the Liquor Control Act to ban vegan protester Tash Peterson from every licensed venue in Western Australia has been described by legal experts as an "overreach" and "misuse" of the law, in a state with no human rights legislation through which to challenge it.
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    • WA Police used the Liquor Control Act to ban vegan protester Tash Peterson from every pub, club and restaurant in the state
    • Legal experts have raised concerns about "misuse" of the law and "overreach" against her
    • WA Police say barring orders are used as a "protective mechanism" to "minimise harm" for people at licensed venues



    Ms Peterson, a controversial figure known in WA for holding graphic and confrontational animal rights protests involving fake blood and nudity, has left that state after being banned from all licensed venues under Section 115AA(2) of the Act. The ban includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pubs, licensed events, and liquor stores.
    "I have no doubt it is an attempt to try and silence me as an animal rights activist," said Ms Peterson, who has been convicted of two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of trespassing over her protests.
    "And I believe I have my rights to speak up for non-human animals in a non-violent manner, and I'm always non-violent in my protesting."
    Under the law, the Commissioner of Police or his delegate has the power to issue such a ban when they believe "on reasonable grounds" that the person has been violent, disorderly, indecent, or broken any law at or near licensed premises.


    Tash Peterson uses fake blood along with graphic sounds and imagery to protest at restaurants that serve meat.(Facebook: Tash Peterson)But some legal experts said the use of the barring notice against Ms Peterson was concerning.
    "Those sorts of banning notices are there, really, for another kind of situation," said Haydn Rigby, a lecturer at the school of Business and Law and Edith Cowan University.
    "[They are] for the people who get violent, and they hurt people, they glass people.
    "And when you look at most of the decisions, that's what they're really mainly about."
    A tool and not a punishment, says Liquor Commission

    According to a written decision made by the Liquor Commission, which oversees the use of the law, the main purpose of a barring notice was to "protect the general public or a licensee and is not to act as a tool to punish the offender".
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    Tash Peterson protests at a fast food restaurant.Murdoch University Associate Professor Anna Copeland said barring notices were not designed to be used in cases where alcohol was not a factor.
    "It's really clearly designed to kind of address disorderly indecent behaviour or disorderly conduct associated with alcohol consumption," Professor Copeland said.
    "It's that problem that every Act has to be limited [to its purpose] because, otherwise, you would have overreach on all sorts of fronts.
    "I think it is misusing the Act in this circumstance."
    Ms Peterson has been subject to multiple bans over the years, including the most recent order that was issued in June and remains in effect until March, 2023.
    Order is a 'protective mechanism': Police

    WA Police said there was a process for deciding when a barring notice was warranted.
    "Incidents with a nexus to licensed premises are reviewed by the [Police] Commissioner's delegate," a spokesperson said.
    "After considering the circumstances, a decision is made if a barring notice is required to support the objectives of the Act [harm minimisation]."


    Ms Peterson is known for her protests against non-vegan restaurants in Perth.(Supplied: Tash Peterson)The spokesperson said the time frame of the barring notice was "proportionate with the seriousness of the offending," and that it was a "protective mechanism" rather than a punishment.
    "A barring notice serves to minimise harm and enhance the protection and safety of people attending licensed premises, the staff working within licensed premises, and the recipient of the barring notice also," the spokesperson said.
    A test of the law

    Ms Peterson has been arrested and convicted of disorderly conduct three times as a result of her protests, where she has described the deaths of animals for meat as "murder" and referred to the meat industry as an "animal holocaust".
    In WA she is a highly controversial figure who has been the target of vitriol and death threats, as well as being manhandled and verbally abused during protests.
    Professor Copeland said cases like Ms Peterson's test the laws that protect the right to protest.
    "That's the point of their protection, so it's not just there for protests that we don't mind, or that we think are OK, or that may be aligned with our values or even don't align with our values but we can understand where they're coming from," she said.
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    "It also protects all protests, as long as they're peaceful."
    Australians have a right to peaceful protest under international human rights treaties that the country has signed on to.
    But human rights protections differ state by state because, unlike many other Western democracies such as Canada and the UK, Australia does not have a Bill or Charter of Rights.
    University of Sydney law professor Simon Rice said the fact that WA, in particular, did not have its own Human Rights Act limited Ms Peterson's ability to challenge the barring order.
    "If the same law and the same action was taken under the law in Queensland or the ACT or Victoria, where they do have a Human Rights Act, then I think there'd be a question," Mr Rice said.
    "She'd have a basis for asking the courts whether the act against her, the exclusion of her, is a proportionate limit on her right of free speech."
    "I think the courts might well say it is that the way she goes about her protesting is such that it's probably permissible to prevent her [from accessing venues] but at least you can have that discussion."
    Constitution does not explicitly protect free speech

    In 2007, the WA Labor government committed to introducing a Human Rights Act and a draft bill was distributed for public comment but the bill was never passed.
    Although the Australian Constitution does not explicitly protect free speech or the right to protest, the High Court of Australia has determined the constitution provides "implied" freedom of political communication.
    Mr Rice said this was the only avenue through which Ms Peterson could challenge the order through the courts.
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    The avenue of appeal provided by the Act in WA is to challenge it through the Liquor Commission, a cohort of mostly lawyers who are appointed by the Minister for Racing and Gaming.
    Last year the Commission denied an appeal from multiple people who received a barring notice for an apparent protest at a restaurant in 2020. That barring notice applied only in licensed restaurants, rather than an widespread ban like the one dealt to Ms Peterson.
    Alcohol doesn't need to be a factor, says Commission

    The protesters argued that the Act did not apply because their conduct was not related to alcohol, and that the punishment was disproportionate because they were not violent and did not cause harm.
    But in a written decision, the Commission determined that consumption of alcohol was not a required factor to issue barring notices under the Act.
    "It is sufficient that the incident took place upon licensed premises," the decision said.
    The Liquor Commission declined to comment and referred questions to WA Police.
    Ms Peterson said she saw the barring order as a restriction on freedom of speech.
    Since arriving in Melbourne earlier this month she has already participated in a topless protest.
    "If we're looking back into every social justice movement in history, all activists did have to disrupt and take part in civil disobedience to create social change," she told ABC Radio Perth host Christine Layton in an interview earlier this month.
    "It's the only way to create change, and I'll never change my tactics."
    She plans to appeal her previous two disorderly conduct convictions through the Supreme Court, on the basis that the magistrates in WA erred in concluding her conduct was "disorderly".

    Vegan protester Tash Peterson is banned from every WA pub via liquor laws. Legal experts are concerned - ABC News

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    All the "Fed's" ever got on Al Capone was tax evasion.

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    Must be a great shag.

    Right at The Moment, whisper 'I love steak' and hold on tight.

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    She is annoying

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    Perhaps some well intentioned butcher should tip a bucket load of real blood on her. Why bother with fake?

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    The nutty Vegan has moved to Melbourne and had a Demo with 2 other topless women the other week.
    In the photos she looked pissed off because one of the other women is better looking and has bigger fun bags
    and got all the attention.

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    Cough, cough… which photos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    The nutty Vegan has moved to Melbourne and had a Demo with 2 other topless women the other week.
    In the photos she looked pissed off because one of the other women is better looking and has bigger fun bags
    and got all the attention.
    The middle one has her beat. The one on the left not so much. Amazing how all an average woman needs to do for 15 minutes of fame is drop her top.


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    Cover the chubsters with a fur coat or a sheepskin jacket, just for encouraging backspins love of fat birds.

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    If they parade around topless and hand out free vegan food samples, no foul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Cover the chubsters with a fur coat or a sheepskin jacket, just for encouraging backspins love of fat birds.
    She's campaigning for the whales.

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    How on earth do they figure that wool is as cruel as fur?

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    Because milk is too, apparently. Serious wackos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    She is annoying
    Yea, but so are you and here you are.



    Easy charges and prosecution for this . . .




    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    How on earth do they figure that wool is as cruel as fur?
    Breeding has turned sheep into wool-machines, incapable of survival without shearing frequently . . . same with cows, they have been bred to give milk twice a day or they will suffer health concerns, even death.

    Yea, a kernel of truth and reality in her concerns . . . and at least she follows her beliefs and acts on them . . . the way she does it mayn
    not be the best, however.

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    I don't believe the other two only eat a vegan diet. They would look better on sticky rice and sardines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    How on earth do they figure that wool is as cruel as fur?
    Exactly, it's the same as someone having a haircut with #2 clippers. But do these retards know what happens to sheep that don't get shawn?

    I remember at one time they wanted fish to be called sea kittens in some fucking idiotic attempt to stop people eating fish or fishing recreationally. Total retards..

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    She'd be welcome to parade her naked body around me all day long.




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    Do vegans swallow jizz?

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    They do if you jerk off on the tofu in the supermarket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    Exactly, it's the same as someone having a haircut with #2 clippers. But do these retards know what happens to sheep that don't get shawn?

    I remember at one time they wanted fish to be called sea kittens in some fucking idiotic attempt to stop people eating fish or fishing recreationally. Total retards..
    But hat kraut thinks they have legit concerns.

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    There's a group of women in Russia who do the tits out protest thing too. Putin made them look stupid with his reaction



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    Sounds like she was breaking laws and being a nuisance to businesses. I think that is good enough reason to ban her. If she wants to get a permit and protest outside the business that is fine, but inside the business and causing damage repeatedly is not acceptable.

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    Wiily,that keen chap called Backspin beat me to it to help your cough, the centre one trying to be a Marilyn Monroe clone
    is Stefania Ferrario,if she was pleased to meet you,i do not if she like if it if you had meat to please her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    s Stefania Ferrario,if she was pleased to meet you,i do not if she like if it if you had meat to please her.
    ??

    Is that the keyboard equivalent of speaking while chewing a brick?

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