These were the scenes in a busy city centre square after vegan messages appeared all over statues in an apparent bid for change.
The writing, daubed in what appeared to be chalk, was spotted in Birmingham’s landmark Victoria Square on Saturday morning, September 5.
Written messages at the spot frequently used by protesters included: “Meat is murder” and the words: “Eat something, not someone.”
The area, which sees a huge footfall from train commuters and shoppers, was marked with multi-coloured illustrations suggesting passersby should ‘go vegan’.
A pig and dog drawing were left at the bottom of the Guardian statue alongside the words: “Why to love one and not the other.”
Another showed two tickboxes, one filled in for veganism and another blank box labelled ‘animal abuse’.
The messages were branded ‘vandalism’ by Birmingham’s Retail Business Improvement Distrcit (BID) as they suggested there ‘must be a better way’ of getting the vegan message across.
The BID added that the markings would be another cost for them to clean up.
Sharing the above photos to Twitter, the BID wrote: “There must be a better way of getting the ‘vegan’ message across than vandalising the whole of Victoria Square this morning?
“Another cost to clean up.”
West Midlands Police said it had no record of criminal damage or vandalism in the square over the weekend.