Police move in to remove vegan protestors who had been blocking the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Street Melbourne in support of animal rights. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Police move in to remove vegan protestors who had been blocking the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Street Melbourne in support of animal rights. Picture: Andrew Henshaw Freelancer Available Andrew Hens

Vegan activist offered mates $50 to watch animal rights doco

FILMMAKERS behind controversial documentary Dominion claimed this week's protests coincided with 60,000 views of the film.

However, at least one activist has offered to pay his Facebook friends $50 if they watch it.

In a post on Jayson Sim's Facebook page, he stated: "To those friends on my profile: Please watch Dominion if you haven't. I will pay any of my friends on my profile AUD $50 to watch it if they haven't."

In the post, which was uploaded on April 9, he also stated he was part of the protest at Pakenham in Southern Victoria.

"I had a great weekend of activism and would and will do it all again. I know so many selfless and compassionate people who I didn't know before. These people are not a threat but are motivated in what is the right thing to do.

"This is not just about food, but entertainment, clothing and use of animals in 2019. Plant based is not vegan."

Activist Chris Delforce, who is the director of Dominion, called for protests across the country to mark the first-year anniversary of the film's release.

The rallies resulted in more than 50 people being arrested nationwide.

The day of action included a protest in Melbourne's CBD and about 20 people chaining themselves to equipment on the kill floor of Carey Bros Abattoir near Warwick.

On Wednesday he told the Warwick Daily News that 60,000 people had seen the film. "We are seeing people going vegan in droves," he said.

A statement from the group called for state and federal agriculture ministers to "acknowledge cruelty in the process of raising animals for food, clothing and entertainment" and to insert a link of their movie into government websites.