Jack Higgs, boyfriend of topless vegan activist Tash Peterson, talks of how he copes with her antics
The boyfriend of controversial vegan activist Tash Peterson claims his half-naked public protests have only strengthened his relationship with her.
Jack Higgs has been supporting and filming Mrs. Peterson for three years as she organizes headline-grabbing protests against the meat industry.
He accompanied her when she appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where she faced criminal charges for an alleged tirade at an Outback Jacks steakhouse in Perth last June.
Jack Higgs (pictured right with his partner Tash Peterson) is a vegan. He told Daily Mail Australia that he has no 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 stand up for non-human animals.”
Ms Peterson is famous for her bloody, topless public protests at steakhouses, supermarkets and cattle shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
Earlier this month, she lay down on a human-sized meat tray in Sydney’s busy Pitt Street Mall, nearly naked, covered in blood and wrapped in plastic like a piece of meat.
Mr. Higgs, a health coach who helps paint his girlfriend for the protests, said he has no problem with her exposing her body and praised her for her bloody stunts.
“I really admire Tash for having the confidence to use her bodily freedom to stand up for non-human animals that are enslaved, abused and killed in the food, clothing and entertainment industries,” Higgs told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Tash does a brilliant job of bringing their voices to the public through their demos and creative breaks.
“Tash has the right to express her body as she wants.”
Jack Higgs (left) said that Ms. Peterson does a brilliant job of bringing animal voices to the public’s attention through her demonstrations and creative interruptions.
Higgs, who is also a vegan, said his activism had made them a strong team.
“Especially in the face of so many legal challenges and negative social reactions,” he said.
“Every day we become stronger as a couple because we have realized how important it is to take care of ourselves and each other, so that we can continue to defend animals.”
But Mr Higgs admitted that he understands why other men worry about their girlfriends exposing their bodies in public.
“Seeing Tash half naked or even completely naked in lingerie in public, I imagine that would be difficult for some boyfriends,” he said in June.
“However, I found it quite strengthening for our relationship.”
‘At first, it might have been a bit strange. We weren’t sure, but we realized there’s nothing wrong with that.’
Higgs, meanwhile, said Wednesday’s court appearance on Peterson’s charges at a protest in June went well.
“The magistrate appeared to be more receptive and open to the strengths that Tash’s attorney presented,” he said.
He was in court to face criminal charges for an incident at the Outback Jacks steakhouse in June.
Higgs said the magistrate seemed more receptive and open to the strengths Tash’s lawyer put forward (pictured, the couple leaving Perth law courts together on Wednesday)
WA police alleged that she yelled at restaurant patrons while making distressing sounds of animals in pain from a loudspeaker.
Ms. Peterson claims that the audio comes from animal slaughterhouses.
He allegedly wandered around yelling at diners as they ate: ‘There’s blood on your hands if you’re not vegan.’
The activist was charged with two criminal counts of failing to leave an authorized location and one count of disorderly conduct in public.
A stay of the case was granted until next month.
Mr. Higgs was also on hand to paint Mrs. Peterson’s body as she prepares for her stunts (pictured painting Mrs. Peterson before she posed topless as a cow at one of her protests)
Ms Peterson’s antics have led police and legislators in WA to describe her as “Australia’s biggest pest” and she has racked up numerous fines.
Last year, she paraded topless through a Louis Vuitton store in Perth while staining herself with her own menstrual blood, for which a Perth judge later fined her $3,500.
The activist also dressed up as a cow and rallied in the meat section of supermarkets, stormed the field at an AFLW game and donned a blood-soaked apron while yelling at customers at a KFC and Coles.
He also faced trial for a December 2020 protest at Boatshed Markets in Cottesloe, where he also appeared shirtless, with a cow pattern painted on his chest, and yelled at shoppers that cows were being raped for meat and dairy products.
“Every day we get stronger as a couple because we’ve realized how important it is to take care of each other and take care of each other,” Higgs (pictured with Peterson on Wednesday) said.