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Vegan activist from Perth, WA, banned from entering the state

One of Western Australia’s most controversial residents has been denied entry to her home state after carrying out a series of shocking, high-profile vegan protests.

Tash Peterson, 26, was sensationally banned from every pub in WA last month after she was beaten on a disorderly conduct charge for ambushing diners at a busy seafood restaurant and publicly reprimanding them about the ‘fish holocaust’ .

Following the incident, the glamorous social media influencer — known as Vegan Booty online — was banned from all licensed locations across the state.

To continue her protests, Ms Peterson moved to Melbourne in June where she continued to stir up meat eaters with demonstrations designed to shock.

But the OnlyFans and Instagram star, who is currently in lockdown, has to travel west for a court date in August, so she filled out an application – which was promptly rejected by authorities as she is no longer a Western Australian.

Tash Peterson (pictured) has been denied entry to her home state of WA after conducting a series of shocking, high-profile vegan protests

Tash Peterson (pictured) has been denied entry to her home state of WA after conducting a series of shocking, high-profile vegan protests

“I’ll be back in WA later this week and I just applied for a G2G pass to get back into WA and my application actually failed because I’m a non-WA resident,” Ms Peterson announced in a statement. Facebook video.

‘I have lived in WA for 24 years of my life and have a permanent residence in WA and a WA driver’s license, but my application has been rejected.’

The provocative herbivore said headlines at the time of her departure erroneously claimed that she was booted from her home state.

Now she thinks maybe they were right.

“This seems suspicious,” she said of her G2G denial application.

“I even added that I have to go to Perth Magistrates Court on August 12 because I have a trial and I need to be back in time so I can quarantine.

“Maybe the headlines were true and I got kicked out of WA.

Tash Peterson (pictured), is known for causing riots with her protest, including this anti-fish demonstration at a restaurant in Fremantle, boasting proudly of her antics online

Tash Peterson (pictured), is known for causing riots with her protest, including this anti-fish demonstration at a restaurant in Fremantle, boasting proudly of her antics online

Tash Peterson (pictured), is known for causing riots with her protest, including this anti-fish demonstration at a restaurant in Fremantle, boasting proudly of her antics online

Ms Peterson’s disorderly conduct came when she and a group of other activists stormed the Bathers Beach House restaurant in Fremantle, south Perth, in May.

They proudly filmed her standing on a table calling diners “animal abusers” and yelling a pre-written speech, while outraged diners yelled “boo” and told her to “shut up.”

Ms Peterson wore sportswear as she yelled at confused guests about the suffering of fish during the much-discussed protest of seafood restaurants.

“Right now, billions of fish, dolphins, whales and other marine life are being ripped out of the ocean into huge trawler nets and they are suffocating to death,” she shouted.

“This is the greatest holocaust in history.”

The panicked staff told the group to leave, but Ms. Peterson continued to yell “animal abusers” repeatedly at customers before ending her rant outside in a bizarre attempt to force diners to reevaluate their choices and go vegan.

Mrs. Peterson previously wore bloodied aprons and stormed into restaurants and supermarkets such as McDonald's and Coles.

Mrs. Peterson previously wore bloodied aprons and stormed into restaurants and supermarkets such as McDonald's and Coles.

Mrs. Peterson previously wore bloodied aprons and stormed into restaurants and supermarkets such as McDonald’s and Coles.

In another stunt, the vegan militant went topless and painted himself in cow print to protest outside a butcher's shop

In another stunt, the vegan militant went topless and painted himself in cow print to protest outside a butcher's shop

In another stunt, the vegan militant went topless and painted himself in cow print to protest outside a butcher’s shop

A man rose to defense and tried to intercept the glamorous blonde as she raised her voice and told guests that “2.7 trillion fish are brutally murdered for human consumption every year.”

“These people are eating. Shut up,’ he said, approaching Peterson.

She cringed and replied, “Don’t touch me – you’re on camera and I’m turning you in to the police.”

The man continued: ‘You insult people. You insult people. Stop insulting people.’

“If you’re not vegan, you’re an animal abuser,” she said.

Behind her, activists held a banner encouraging people to watch the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, which explores the global environmental impact of the fishing industry.

They chanted, “Pisces feel pain, just like us.”

Tash Peterson with her boyfriend Jack Higgs.  He is known to help his girlfriend pull her stunts

Tash Peterson with her boyfriend Jack Higgs.  He is known to help his girlfriend pull her stunts

Tash Peterson with her boyfriend Jack Higgs. He is known to help his girlfriend pull her stunts

Tash Peterson (pictured) is known to protest in supermarkets and restaurants

Tash Peterson (pictured) is known to protest in supermarkets and restaurants

Tash Peterson (pictured) is known to protest in supermarkets and restaurants

Social media users were divided by the stunt, with some of her diehard fans applauding her efforts but most others criticizing her for ruining people’s evenings.

‘Great work! Where do you buy these posters please, I want to protest,” one woman wrote.

“Thank you for being there and trying to open people’s eyes to the truth,” wrote another.

But someone else said sarcastically, “You really made a difference, Tash, when you interrupted those people eating for two minutes.”

The group later posted the demonstration on Instagram.

She also wore bloodied aprons and burst into restaurants and supermarkets such as McDonald’s, KFC and Coles.

She even interrupted an AFLW game by running onto the field at Perth Stadium.

The serial protester ran around for about a minute before being tackled by Fremantle midfielder Kiara Bowers long enough to overtake security.

Tash Peterson is pictured during a disruptive protest at a Melbourne KFC soaking the floor in fake blood and berating customers

Tash Peterson is pictured during a disruptive protest at a Melbourne KFC soaking the floor in fake blood and berating customers

Tash Peterson is pictured during a disruptive protest at a Melbourne KFC soaking the floor in fake blood and berating customers

Ms. Peterson was in court where she was fined $1,800 for trespassing.

In December, she stormed a fish market and Woolworths store in Perth before launching a heated diatribe to dissuade customers from buying meat.

Wearing a onesie to her waist, she painted her body in black and white patches to represent a cow and waved a sign personifying a cow that had been mistreated and tortured.

“They raped me and stole my babies so you can eat my flesh,” it read.

Stunned shoppers stopped in their tracks when Ms. Peterson urged them to ditch meat and completely overhaul their diet for the sake of the animals.

Under the rules of the ban, Ms. Peterson could be fined $10,000 for entering a pub, nightclub or bottle shop in WA.

But she plans to appeal to overturn the harsh sentence — if she ever gets home.

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