The boyfriend of well-known vegan activist Tash Peterson has been arrested for refusing to obey a police officer’s order after allegedly disrupting a children’s pony show.
Jack Higgs was arrested by WA police for failing to follow an officer’s instructions to leave the Piara Waters Market near Novelli Parade in south Perth on Sunday.
Mr Higgs was on the market to capture and photograph protesters, namely his girlfriend, objecting to a company called ‘Ponies for every occasion’.
The company dresses ponies in a number of costumes, the most popular of which is a unicorn outfit.
“They enslave ponies and dress them up in different costumes…so they can be used as commodities for children’s entertainment,” Mr Higgs told Daily Mail Australia.
He later posted footage of his arrest to his TikTok and YouTube channel, which shows officers ordering him the move for “annoying everyone.”
Mr Higgs and the demonstrators were on site for about 30 minutes before officers arrived.
“At that point I was standing about 10 feet behind the activists and took out my camera to film the interaction behind the police and the activists,” Higgs said.
“But as I was doing this, the Detective Sergeant immediately came up to me and told me I couldn’t film him. I said I had every right to film and then he pulled me aside to give me a push on command.’
In the YouTube video, an officer informs Mr. Higgs that he and the group will receive a warrant to protest the pony show.
The footage shows Mrs. Peterson holding a placard.
The video shows Mr. Higgs and his companions arguing with officers over the reasoning behind the warrant.
When asked why they were ordered to move, the officer says, “Because of the way the group operates, the way you’ve been asked to move by other people.”
Mr Higgs, encouraged by Mrs Peterson and another companion, refused to sign the warrant, as the officer warned he would be arrested if he refused to comply.
The friend of notorious vegan protester Tash Peterson, Jack Higgs (pictured), was arrested at a children’s pony show in Perth for disobeying an action ordered by a police officer
“This doesn’t look good, does it?” Mr. Higgs introduced to the officer during the exchange.
“It sounds like it’s time to sue the WA police,” one of his companions was heard to say.
Mr Higgs continued to question the reasoning behind the warrant, with the officer saying: ‘You are under arrest. Start walking.’
“We’ll go,” Mr. Higgs replied.
The officer then turned and handcuffed Mr. Higgs, taking him back to a police car.
Ms Peterson then attached a microphone to her friend’s collar to record the arrest.
Mr. Higgs then began berating the officer, calling him a “damned tyrant.”
“Do you realize how disgusting this is going to look?” he then asked the officer.
He turned to the camera and said, “This is the kind of police state we live in, in WA.”
As he approached the car, Mrs. Peterson jumped in front of the officer to survey him.
“I’m going to complain about you. You’re disgusting,” she told the officer.
“He shouldn’t keep his job, but he probably will because he’s in WA,” Mr Higgs said before being put in the back of the police vehicle.
Mr Higgs posted footage of his arrest to TikTok and Youtube, calling an officer a ‘tyrant’ and ‘disgusting’
After being arrested, Mr Higgs was taken to Canning Vale Police Station where he said officers “temporarily took possessions as evidence, took my DNA sample, fingerprints and photographs.”
“I am now awaiting my subpoena for refusing to proceed, to which I will probably plead not guilty.”
The infamous pair of protesters have since been criticized online by social media users after posting the videos.
“We’re leaving, actually standing more still,” one user wrote.
‘[He] thought people would side with him,” a second user wrote.
“I said I was leaving,” but you didn’t,” a third wrote.
“Officer needs a raise,” a fourth wrote.
However, some users supported Mr. Higgs and his companions.
“Thanks for doing what you do Jack, ignore the arrogance in the comments,” one TikTok user wrote.
“Stay strong, legends. Love and hugs and hope and resilience and strength and compassion to all of you,” YouTube said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted WA Police for comment.