Cow Appreciation Day didn't exactly go as planned when animal rights protesters showed up at a Florida Chick-fil-A.
On July 11, the Pinellas chapter of Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights activist group, popped in with their cow costumes, which were a bit different from the average customer's. Covered in fake blood spatters and wielding signs and fake knives, the protesters made a rather grand entrance into the restaurant during the lunch rush.
On Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A offered a free entree to every customer who came into the restaurant dressed like a cow. Direct Action Everywhere took this as an opportunity to speak out on animal cruelty.
While protesters in horse and chicken masks lay on the floor, the protesters with fake knives feigned stabbing them.
"Animal killers!" they chanted at customers, while children screamed in the background.
"Get out!" angry customers began to chant in reply.
"People might be upset, but I think that putting it out on the table and showing people, like this is the reality of where the animals are coming from and how bad the animals are suffering," spokeswoman Kayla Leaming told WFLA.
Chick-fil-A employees called the police to have the protesters removed, but they left of their own accord before the authorities arrived. No arrests were made.