WARNING – distressing content: Anti-vegan protestors fined for eating DEAD ANIMALS at food market

The pair argued they were 'trying to educate people on the dangers of not eating meat'

Anti-vegan protestors have been fined for eating squirrel carcasses outside a vegan food stall.

Deonisy Khlebnikov, 22, and Gatis Lagzdins, 29, took to London’s Soho Vegan Market on March 30, the BBC reported.

During the staged protest, the pair were filmed gnawing on dead squirrels.

A clip of the pair was uploaded to a YouTube account that’s associated with anti-vegan protests.

The men paraded the squirrels outside the market for over half an hour.

Last month, they appeared in court accused of disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment alarm or distress.

Despite denying the allegations, saying they were trying to educate people on the dangers of not eating meat, they were found guilty and convicted of public order offences.

Khlebnikov was fined $200 and Lagzdins was issued a $400 fine.

Crown prosecutor Natalie Clines described the behaviour as ‘disgusting and unnecessary.’

She said, ‘Their pre-meditated actions caused significant distress to members of the public, including young children.’

Yahoo reported that Soho Vegan Markets were ‘glad’ at the result but disappointed over the effect the stunt had on their customers and passers-by.

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