Bicton Veterinary Clinic has brought defamation charges against veganactivist Tash Peterson, after she posted a video to social media claiming theclinic was keeping birds in “slavery”.

The video shows Peterson enter the clinic after noticing birds in an enclosureout the front. She then confronts staff about the treatment of the birds.

Peterson claims that 30 minutes later, police arrived at her house and issuedher with a banning notice and preventing her from entering the clinic.

Andrew McIntosh, co-owner of the WA clinic, said several members of the clinicwere left traumatised as a result of the incident.

“We have an inclusive workforce here. We have students from high school, wehave someone here with autism, others with mental health issues, and we justcan’t have people coming in making blatantly false, misleading allegationspurely for their own benefit.”

McIntosh hopes the charge brought against Peterson will prevent her fromconfronting others in the industry.

“The veterinary industry is a hard and unforgiving industry and involves longhours, dedication and stress. It has a high drop-out rate of qualifiedveterinarians and veterinarian staff and a high suicide rate. On average aperson in the veterinary industry dies every 12 weeks. This clinic and itsemployees have not escaped this, experiencing a recent suicide.”

The birds at center of the controversy were left by the previous owners of theclinic and are abandoned birds brought in by members of the public.

Image sourced from Facebook/vganbooty

Tagged: Bicton Veterinary Clinic, Tash Peterson, Vegan

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