The boyfriend of controversial vegan campaigner Tash Peterson claims her semi-naked public protests have only strengthened his relationship with her.
Jack Higgs has been supporting and filming Ms Peterson for three years as she stages headline-grabbing protests against the meat industry.
He accompanied her as she fronted Perth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where she faced criminal charges over an alleged tirade at an Outback Jacks steakhouse in Perth last June.
Jack Higgs (pictured, right, with his partner Tash Peterson), is a vegan himself. He told Daily Mail Australia he does not have a problem with her exposing her body in public as part of her protest activity
Mr Higgs (pictured, right, with the vegan activist) said he ‘really admires Tash for having the confidence to use her bodily freedom to speak up for non-human animals’
Ms Peterson is infamous for her topless and bloody public protests at steakhouses, supermarkets and cattle shows across Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Earlier this month she laid down in a human-sized meat tray in Sydney’s busy Pitt Street Mall almost naked, covered in blood and wrapped up in plastic like a slab of meat.
Mr Higgs, a health coach who helps paint his girlfriend for protests, said he has no problem with her exposing her body and praised her for her gory stunts.
‘I really admire Tash for having the confidence to use her bodily freedom to speak up for non-human animals who are enslaved, abused and murdered in the food, clothing, and entertainment industries,’ Mr Higgs told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Tash does a brilliant job at bringing their voices to the public through her creative disruptions and demonstrations.
‘Tash has a right to express her body how she wants.’
Jack Higgs (left) said Ms Peterson does a brilliant job at bringing animals’ voices to public attention through her creative disruptions and demonstrations
Mr Higgs, who is also a vegan, said their activism had made them a strong team.
‘Especially in the face of so many legal challenges and social backlash,’ he said.
‘We grow stronger everyday as a couple because we have realised how important it is to look out for and care for each other, so we can continue to speak up for animals.’
But Mr Higgs admitted he understands why other men would have concerns about their girlfriends exposing their bodies in public.
‘Seeing Tash half naked or even fully naked with lingerie on in public, I can imagine would be difficult for some boyfriends,’ he said in June.
‘However, I found it quite strengthening for our relationship.
‘At the start, it might have been a little bit weird. We were unsure about it but we realised there is nothing wrong with it.’
Meanwhile, Mr Higgs said Wednesday’s court appearance over Ms Peterson’s charges from a protest in June went well.
‘The magistrate seemed be more accepting and open to the strong points Tash’s barrister put forward,’ he said.
She was in court to face criminal charges stemming from an incident at an Outback Jacks steak restaurant in Perth in June.
Mr Higgs said the magistrate seemed to be more accepting and open to the strong points Tash’s barrister put forward (pictured, the couple leaving Perth law courts together on Wednesday)
WA Police alleged she screamed at the restaurant’s patrons while blasting distressing sounds of animals in pain from a loudspeaker.
Ms Peterson claims the audio came from animal slaughterhouses.
She allegedly roamed around shouting at diners as they ate, ‘There is blood on your hands if you’re not a vegan.’
The activist was slapped with two criminal charges of failing to leave a licensed venue and one count of disorderly behaviour in public.
An adjournment of the case was granted until next month.
Mr Higgs has also been on hand to paint Ms Peterson’s body as she prepares for her stunts (pictured, painting Ms Peterson before she posed semi-naked as a cow at one of her protests)
Ms Peterson’s antics have led police and policymakers in WA to describe her as ‘Australia’s biggest pest’ and she has racked up numerous fines.
Last year, she marched topless through a Louis Vuitton store in Perth while smeared with her own menstrual blood, which later saw her fined $3,500 by a Perth magistrate.
The activist also dressed up as a cow and demonstrated in the meat section of supermarkets, invaded the pitch at an AFLW match, and donned a blood-soaked apron while screaming at patrons in a KFC and Coles.
She also faced trial for a December 2020 protest at the Boatshed Markets in Cottesloe where she also appeared shirtless, with her chest painted in a cow pattern, and yelled at shoppers that cows were being raped for meat and dairy.
‘We grow stronger everyday as a couple because we have realised how important it is to look out for and care for each other,’ Mr Higgs said (pictured, with Ms Peterson on Wednesday)