Vegan says burger-munching diners confronted him outside a McDonald’s

Militant vegan student, 21, says burger-munching diners confronted him after he chalked anti-meat slogans outside a branch of McDonald’s

  • Vegan Eiren Donnelly, 21, claims he was confronted by McDonald’s diners
  • Eiren was scrawling anti-meat slogans outside the fast food chain in Swansea 
  • He says restaurant-goers who were upset and tried to eat burgers in front of him 
  • He also filmed police telling him he could be arrested for a public order offence

A militant vegan who chalked anti-meat slogans outside a McDonald’s was confronted by diners – who munched burgers in his face.

Eiren Donnelly, 21, claims he was challenged by diners after scrawling vegan slogans onto a pavement outside the fast food restaurant in Swansea, south Wales.

University student Eiren wrote on the ground: ‘Happy meals harm your child’ and ‘dead baby animals sold here’.

He says he was confronted by restaurant-goers who were upset by his messages – and tried to eat burgers in front of him. 

University student Eiren Donnelly, 21 (pictured), claims he was challenged by McDonald’s diners after scrawling vegan slogans onto a pavement outside the fast food restaurant in Swansea, south Wales

He said: ‘A lot of people, snowflakes, have been getting triggered by these messages. They’re really sensitive.

‘They’ve come out with these burgers and try and eat them in front of my face. They think it upsets me, of course it does upset me that animals have suffered and died.’

He also recorded footage of him being confronted by police told him he could be arrested for a public order offence if he causes harassment.

Eiren, who studies business at Swansea University, said: ‘Veganism for me is all encompassing, it is about compassion knowing no boundaries.

‘It is something ultimately I suppose I am prepared to be arrested for, but I didn’t think on this occasion I was going to be.

‘But for me, whatever social repercussions I may endure by advocating veganism are entirely worth it, because the suffering animals endure is not comparable to social isolation or loss of friendships.

He says he was confronted by restaurant-goers who were upset by his messages – and tried to eat burgers in front of him. Some of his messages included: ‘Happy meals harm your child’ and ‘dead baby animals sold here’

‘I became a vegan at the beginning of last year, and I got involved in activism a few months after that.

‘The reason I chose to advocate for veganism is because I felt almost lost, no sense of direction. I was on a degree course but did not know what career or life course to pursue after my course, until I discovered veganism.

‘When I did, it was almost like a magic pill. It’s this one small change in mindset that if everyone did it I believe the world would be significantly more peaceful. It is better for human health, better for the planet.

‘I am not suffering in any comparable way to the way animals suffer and twenty years I contributed to their suffering.’

He also recorded footage of him being confronted by police told him he could be arrested for a public order offence if he causes harassment. Eiren said: ‘[Veganism] is something ultimately I suppose I am prepared to be arrested for, but I didn’t think on this occasion I was going to be’

A South Wales Police spokesman added: ‘South Wales Police officers will facilitate peaceful protest while balancing the needs and rights of the wider community and ensuring public safety’

‘I feel indebted and I am obligated to make amends for the suffering I caused unknowingly,’ he said.

Eiren’s other messages said: ‘Respect life be vegan, baby male cows are killed for dairy, peace begins on your plate, Watch “Dairy is scary” on You Tube, and eating animals is linked to heart disease.’

A South Wales Police spokesman added: ‘South Wales Police officers will facilitate peaceful protest while balancing the needs and rights of the wider community and ensuring public safety’.

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