(UK) The woman bringing horror of 'human branding' to Britain: Vegan to mark volunteer with hot iron in protest against animal cruelty
- Becky Folkard is a successful senior manager at a wealth management
company. She dresses smartly and attends high-level business meetings
in central London.
But on March 21, in broad daylight on a London street, grammar
school-educated Becky will take hold of a specially-designed branding
iron, measuring four inches across and two inches wide, and made
scalding hot by a blowtorch.
Wearing a mask over her face and the over-sized apron of a
slaughterhouse worker, she will then press the brand for several
seconds into the bare chest of a man she met only recently over the
internet, while he is restrained on the ground.
The iron will smoke as it sears his skin. His skin will blister and
weep almost immediately and the brand will leave a wound so severe he
will be permanently scarred with the numbers on the iron – 269.
The act of almost unthinkable violence in a public place will no doubt
cause horror and revulsion among passers-by and curious onlookers
unlucky enough to witness the event.
The demonstration will last just ten minutes but Becky, 34, hopes it
will have resonance for far longer. She is a vegan – and one of a
growing number of animal rights activists who are resorting to extreme
tactics to make their views known.
Becky says she would never want to be associated with any group
involved in illegal activities but explained that she had to make a
stand. She said: ‘If one person goes away and researches a vegan
lifestyle because of this it will have been worth it.
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