'That Vegan Teacher' banned from TikTok after 20,000 people sign petition to remove her
A vegan TikTok influencer has been banned from the platform, following a petition to remove her
Vegan activist Kadie Karen Diekmeyer has built up 1.7 million followers, but has now had her account banned for "violating community guidelines".
20,000 people had signed a petition for her removal, calling her channel "morally and ethically repugnant".
The petition claims that "her targets have included minors under 18, the LGBTQ+ Community, Person's with disabilities, people of the black community, various religions and more."
Diekmeyer has denied those claims in a YouTube video.
She said: "I have repeatedly stated that the LGBTQ community, and everyone, regardless of skin colour, age, social status or religion should be given equal rights, protected, cherished and loved"
"I also stated that members of all minority groups should tap into their own oppression and use that to help them understand the oppression that the animals live each and every moment in factory farms."
In the 23-minute video, entitled 'Censorship: Why Good People Must Rise Up And Speak Out', Diekmayer says people attacked her channel because they were "feeling guilty" about eating animals.
"Many of you woke up this morning and found out that my account was banned on TikTok, and I know many of you are jumping for joy and thinking that this is a great victory
"Somehow, it makes you smile to know that an animal rights activist is being silenced on one of the platforms. "Why is that? Why does that bring you joy? I know why - because you're feeling guilty. You know you shouldn't be eating animals, you know you shouldn't be paying to exploit them, and you cannot look in the mirror and see that in you."
"You're suffering from cognitive dissonance; you think you're a good person, but on the other hand, you pay people to rape, torture and murder these innocent animals, who never did one single thing wrong to you."
DiekMayer currently still has 32.7k followers on YouTube and 19.5k followers on Instagram.