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Suspected animal rights protesters ‘wish cancer’ on butcher’s family

Offensive messages: Butcher Nick Rapps has been on the receiving end of abusive signs left outside his premises

A BUTCHER has vowed to continue running his business despite suspected animal rights protesters leaving him abusive placards at the front of his shop, including wishing cancer on his family.

Nick Rapps, 35, was targeted by campaigners telling him to ‘rot in hell’ and wishing ‘cancer on you and your family’.

The offensive signs were found outside Molesworths in Frampton Cotterell, South Gloucestershire, last Friday night — the evening before a big animal rights protest in nearby Bristol.

Mr Rapps, who has run the butchers for three years, said that he refuses to give the protesters what they want by getting upset over the signs.

But the dad-of-one, from Bristol, said: ‘I’ve got quite thick skin, I can take criticism. You’ve kind of got to expect it in our trade.

‘I take the approach of I can’t get upset, because that is exactly what they want.

‘The funny thing is, out of all the people they could have targeted, I’m probably the one person who is most sympathetic to that lifestyle.

‘I’ve always worked in places where the meat has been ethically-sourced — it’s not at all mass produced.

‘If these people want to have a conversation with me about that side of things, I’m actually a very understanding person.’

Targetted: Molesworths butchers in Frampton, near Bristol PICTURES: SWNS

But Mr Rapps, who has a three-year-old son, added: ‘What did turn my stomach a bit was the cancer sign. I’ve got quite a young family, so that was a bit much.

‘Two members of my family also died quite young from cancer. It’s really offensive to cancer survivors.

‘The thought process just isn’t there. They’ve obviously just written the most offensive thing they could, just to get a reaction.

‘But whatever it was intended to do, it has done the opposite,’ he said.

He said the ‘odd’ attack also overshadowed his 35th birthday on Sunday.

The Vegan Society said it did not support insults and encouraged vegans to share a peaceful message.