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Topless protester happy about food shortages and would ‘never’ date a meat eater

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A topless Extinction Rebellion activist who has become famous for her unusual campaigning methods has said she is “happy” about potential food shortages this Christmas if it means people eat less meat.

Laura Amherst, 31, who has been a vegan for seven years and argues she is “perfectly healthy”, is encouraging people to eat a plant-based diet if the country runs out of meat.

The UK is currently facing a shortage of CO2, which is vital for food packaging and particularly meat production, and despite a deal with CO2 producer CF industries to reopen one of its fertiliser plants, problems are likely to continue for months.

Labour shortages, new immigration rules and the lingering effects of the pandemic have also led to empty shelves.

Laura said: “I feel more sorry for the animals than I do the people that are complaining that they can’t eat them.

“As a vegan who believes that no animal should be killed for the sake of a sandwich, it does make me happy that there will be less meat on the shelves.

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“But it's not exactly going to stop people from trying to kill and eat animals.

“I will piss people off if I say I'm happy about it, but if you want the truth – I am.”

The student and mum-of-one from Brighton has hit the headlines after she was snapped with her breasts out at events for the campaign group.

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She has also set up an OnlyFans page, with 75% of profits going to Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace and an animal charity, so far having raised £2,500.

Laura wants to use her platforms to encourage more people to think about switching to a plant-based diet.

She said: “I wish more people would reduce their meat and consider the all-round benefits of veganism.

"I have been vegan for nearly seven years now, and I'm perfectly healthy.”

Veganism is important in all aspects of Laura's life, including when it comes to choosing a partner and has been with boyfriend Leon Harris, a vegan, for three-and-a-half years.

The pair are in an open relationship where Laura can date other women, but not other men.

Laura added: “I would never date someone who eats meat.

"My boyfriend has been a vegetarian since he was eight and has been vegan for one year.

“I’m with him because he’s so compassionate and an animal lover. We have similar values.”

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