Vegan activist Tash Peterson banned from Victorian racecourses to stop Melbourne Cup protest

EXCLUSIVE: Australia’s most notorious vegan activist set to be banned from ALL racecourses in Victoria so she can’t bring her topless, blood-smeared protests to the Melbourne Cup

  • Tash Peterson infamous for proactive stunts harassing meat-eaters across WA
  • Brought her scantily-clad brand of disruption to Sydney and Melbourne
  • Victorian Police plan to ban her from racecourses over plans to protest the Cup
  • This is despite Peterson never setting foot on any Victorian racecourse in her life 

Notorious vegan activist Tash Peterson is set to be banned from all Victorian racecourses in a preemptive strike to stop her protesting at the Melbourne Cup.

The serial provocateur known for outrageous semi-nude stunts calling meat eaters ‘animal abusers’ received the notice from Victorian Police last week.

Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam warned Peterson, 28, she intended to issue the ban unless she was given compelling reason not to.

‘My preliminary view is that it is necessary in the public interest to make an exclusion order,’ she wrote.

‘I formed that preliminary view after having carefully considered information about you, as it relates to the public interest in protecting the integrity of of the racing industry at Victorian race-courses and race meetings.’

Notorious vegan activist Tash Peterson is likely to be preemptively banned from all Victorian racecourses so she can’t protest at the Melbourne Cup

Deputy Commissioner Steendam listed 15 grounds for her determination, recounting Peterson’s long history of in-your-face protests over the past three years.

‘On the basis of the above matters I believe your attendance at a specified racecourse may pose a threat to the safety of riders, horses, and the public at each of these racecourses during race meets,’ she wrote. 

The list included incidents of the animal rights activist harassing Coles and Woolworths customers and diners at KFC and restaurants, often topless or dressed as an animal stained with fake blood.

Other points included Peterson’s pitch invasion at an AFLW match in February 2020, and the infamous August 2021 Louis Vuitton protest where she smeared her torso with her own period blood.

Tash Peterson (pictured) has a history of outrageous displays in the name of veganism - earning her a legion of fans, and critics, online

Tash Peterson (pictured) has a history of outrageous displays in the name of veganism – earning her a legion of fans, and critics, online

Finally, Deputy Commissioner Steendam cited a radio interview in July where Peterson revealed her plans to protest the Melbourne Cup.

‘Yes definitely, every year until it stops,’ she said on 3AW when asked if she would be targeting the race this year.

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‘I’m banned from Ascot Racecourse in Perth, so I’ll be going elsewhere to bring light to the atrocities happening in the horseracing industry where they are all brutally murdered once they’re considered no longer profitable.’

Peterson copped the two-year Ascot ban, along with one for Belmont Racecourse, after wearing a t-shirt reading ‘you bet, they die’ to a Melbourne Cup event last year.

‘These beautiful, innocent beings. You bet, they die. You have paid for their murder, their blood in on your hands,’ she screamed as she was ejected by police.

She added online after the event: ‘Melbourne Cup Day celebrates and glamourises animal abuse, slavery and murder. It is an abhorrent, outdated, and barbaric event.’

Deputy Commissioner Steendam told Peterson she had a week to make a submission that would be considered before a final decision was made.

The serial provocateur is known for outrageous semi-nude stunts calling meat eaters 'animal abusers', such as this protest in Sydney in September

 The serial provocateur is known for outrageous semi-nude stunts calling meat eaters ‘animal abusers’, such as this protest in Sydney in September

Peterson said she believed Racing Victoria requested the police move to ban her ahead of the Melbourne Cup.

‘I feel honoured that I am so much of a threat to the horseracing industry that they plan to prohibit me from entering all racecourses in Victoria, even though I have never stepped into a Victorian racecourse in my life,’ she said.

‘The horseracing industry has become incredibly threatened by animal rights activists, as these are the very people who exposed the abhorrent abuse and murder of racehorses.

‘Although it’s concerning that these banning notices are infringing on my right to freedom of political speech, it’s just a clear sign that change is happening. 

‘Over the recent years, more and more people are choosing not to fund the cruel, barbaric, and outdated horseracing industry.

‘Animal rights activists, will continue to protest, expose these industries and eventually shut them down.’

Tash Peterson attended the Ascot Races last year disguised as a reveller in a lacy black dress before pulling on a white t-shirt that read: 'You bet, they die'

The prominent vegan activist was eventually led away by police after peppering revellers with her message

Peterson (pictured, left and right) attended the Ascot Races last year disguised as a reveller in a lacy black dress before pulling on a white t-shirt that read: ‘You bet, they die’

Peterson repeated her claims that racehorses were routinely slaughtered at the end of their careers, or if they failed to become successful.

‘Race horses are abused in many ways: such as being commodified and forced to race, whipped repeatedly, forced to train as babies, given a toxic accumulation of performance enhancing drugs etc,’ she wrote online on Tuesday.

‘And at the end of it all, send to a murder house where they are bolt-gunned to death because they’re no longer profitable to the industry.’

Tash Peterson’s topless trolling

Tash Peterson trolled a newspaper with another bare-chested stunt at her latest court appearance on Thursday. 

The serial activist faced Perth Magistrates Court on trespass and disorderly behaviour charges over a protest at the Perth Royal Show last month.

Outside court she lifted up her top to reveal ‘F**k the West’ and ‘animal liberation’ written in blue paint across her torso.

Peterson said the stunt was in response to the West Australian describing her as ‘docile’ during a previous court appearance.

‘I will never stop disrupting and partaking in civil disobedience until all animals are liberated,’ she said.

‘I will never be docile until animal slavery and the animal holocaust ends.’

The charges were over her and another activist chaining themselves to a fence where a cattle judging contest was taking place.

Peterson said she objected to cows being ‘judged based on how palatable their bodies look’.

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Peterson moved to Melbourne earlier this year after being banned from all licenced venues in Western Australia until March 4, 2023.

‘I find WA very draconian in the legal system in comparison to most other states in Australia,’ she told 3AW.

‘They’re really hammering down on me in my activism, criminally charging me, using the law in ways that it shouldn’t be used to try and stop me and silence me as an activist.’

Stefania Ferrario was front and centre of a topless protest in Melbourne, upstaging Tash Peterson (right)

Stefania Ferrario was front and centre of a topless protest in Melbourne, upstaging Tash Peterson (right)

In Sydney she lay topless inside a human-sized meat tray in the Pitt Street Mall as shocked shoppers strolled past

In Sydney she lay topless inside a human-sized meat tray in the Pitt Street Mall as shocked shoppers strolled past 

She now lives between WA and the east coast, returning in September to protest against livestock shows at the Perth Royal Show.

While in Melbourne she joined a topless PETA protest at Bourke Street Mall where she was upstaged by OnlyFans star Stefania Ferrario, and confronted the city’s famous horse and cart drivers, one of whom threatened to ‘beat her to death with her camera’.

Then in Sydney she lay topless inside a human-sized meat tray in the Pitt Street Mall as shocked shoppers strolled past.

Peterson claims to earn about $40,000 a month posting raunchy content to OnlyFans as her activism makes it impossible to hold down a job.

Peterson claimed Perth's Royal Show 'glamourises animal slavery, abuse and murder'

Peterson claimed Perth’s Royal Show ‘glamourises animal slavery, abuse and murder’

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