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Aussie Vegan Activist Starved in Jail Without Vegan Food to Eat

by | April 25, 2019

A vegan activist from the Australian animal rights group, Direct Action Everywhere, had to see from behind the bars for stealing, trespassing, and burglary charges after being accused of stealing a calf and a dead piglet from two west Australian farms last year. James Warden was remanded to Perth’s Hakea Prison after he reportedly failed the formalities of bail and even had to starve in there. Know more here.

Aussie Vegan Activist Starved in Jail Without Vegan Food to Eat
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Aussie Vegan Activist Starved in Jail Without Vegan Food to Eat

James Warden was accused of stealing a $1500 calf and one dead piglet from a West Australian farm last year, after which he had to face court. He was charged with stealing, aggravated burglary and trespassing charges by the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday last week. James, 25 was held back in custody until his bail paperwork was ready, and reportedly in his 48 hours tenure behind the bars, he had to go without food because the jail doesn’t serve vegan options.

The vegan activist was fined back in March for trespassing and live-streaming the crime on social media and was detained again last week for not being able to fund his bail.

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While speaking to the local media 7News, James Warden told the reporter that during his 48 hours stay in jail, he went without food because the jail didn’t cater to his vegan diet. He said some of the people in jail even told him to “go and eat some meat.”

“The experience I had was nowhere near as bad as what animals are going through – they are suffering daily, and I only had to put up with 48 hours in custody,” Warden told 7News Perth.

Despite facing jail, Warden is determined to carry on his campaigning, hoping to change animal ethics for good.

The Incident

As per the allegations, Warden stole the calf and took it to an animal shelter farm in Waroona. The animal was later returned back to the owner unharmed. According to police, the crime happened between August and February at multiple properties and James Warden has several co-accused, as well. Warden has been granted bail under strict conditions and is due to appear in court again on May 3rd this year.

In back-to-back series, Australia has seen a number of instances surrounding vegans and veganism. Cases like the protest involving activists’ rant in farms, blocking roads and even the rant about a vegan activist allegedly claiming “Lettuce has a heartbeat“- all involved animal rights activists and vegans. Many omnivore Aussies are also favoring meat-free recently. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.


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