The owners of a UK butchers are being ’terrorised’ by vegan activists who have threatened to petrol bomb the business.
Police are investigating reports of ’malicious communications and harassment’ after a number of vile messages were sent to the owners of Marlow Butchers in Kent.
The shop was recently daubed in graffiti with the words ’Stop killing animals, go vegan’ - with the logo of group Animal Liberation Front (ALF) underneath.
The owners were also sent threats online by vegans as far away as Australia.
Business owner Wayne Marlow told Kent Online: “On the internet it has been very threatening."
“It has got ridiculous - activists from as far away as Australia are getting involved.
“The internet is the worst thing as not only are they threatening to physically destroy our business, but they are also tying to ruin our reputation online, too, by leaving negative reviews and comments.
“They want to close us down and people are threatening to smash the windows or petrol bomb the store.
“We live in fear and we’re up worrying at night - they are terrorising us.”
Mr Marlow added: “We have been here for 54 years now since my dad took over the business and we are just supplying something that someone wants and is in demand.
“Every supermarket sells meat; we don’t get why they’re just targeting us.
“The threats are coming from people claiming to be vegans but they used superglue and paint when they vandalised the store, both of which contain animal by-products.
“We can’t thank the community enough and everyone is trying to do their best to help us.”
The wider social media community has flocked to the Marlow Butchers Facebook page to pledge their support to the local business.
Robert Ward posted: "I have never been to your shop and I don’t think I ever will, as I’m from Manchester, but I am absolutely disgusted and sickened that these extreme left-wing vegan terrorists are targeting your business."
Vegan Gary Wills wrote: "I bet you’ve got a very reputable business with great quality products. It’s unfortunate that some so-called ’vegans’ think trying to vandalise someone’s business is a legitimate way to get their message across.
"All it does is give the vegan lifestyle a bad name. As a vegan myself, I hope your business recovers from this as I know its your livelihood."