ANTI-PROTESTING: Local vegan cafe owner Monique De Martin says the only way to create positive in the change is through serving others, not protesting. Picture: Laura Blackmore
ANTI-PROTESTING: Local vegan cafe owner Monique De Martin says the only way to create positive in the change is through serving others, not protesting. Picture: Laura Blackmore

Why vegan cafe owner will not welcome protesters

VEGAN protesters have confirmed they will be travelling to the South Burnett on Thursday.

The activists are set to hold a vigil at the local pig abattoir, Swickers Bacon Factory.

However, local vegan cafe owner Monique De Martin said she does not want them to come to Kingaroy.

"Even though I am vegan, I am not supporting these type of actions," Ms De Martin said.

"I don't think that any protest is peaceful or a desire to love others.

"It's a desire to push your own opinions on another person and try to make them change.

"I wouldn't like it if people who ate meat came and stopped my business," she said.

After operating her vegan cafe for more than a year along Kingaroy St, she said they tried to create positive change through their actions.

"I feel like the way to open up a person to a new way is to be loving, to offer a beautiful gift without the demand or trying to impose my views on people.

"My cafe is a desire to serve others and that is through healthy vegan food.

"Then people become curious, they want to explore and taste the food and realise vegan food is actually really nice.

Ms De Martin said if they had the mentality of trying to push their views on other people, they wouldn't be successful.

"Who likes anything to be shoved down your throat? We all arch up," she said.

"Those people who want to protest feel judgment against others, like my way is right and your way is wrong.

"I agree that Swickers are committing violence against animals but I also think these people are committing violence against their brothers and sisters, so who's better?

"People who eat meat or work at Swickers can feel that judgement and are going to get angry back and there is going to be conflict, it's inevitable.

"If I was to speak to a vegan protester I would say look at your actions and measure the results.

"Is what you're doing creating more harm or good? If it's creating more harm you have to stop," she said.

Swickers Bacon Factory has been contacted for comment.