VANDALISED: The Vegans in Toowoomba billboard north of the CBD was vandalised.
VANDALISED: The Vegans in Toowoomba billboard north of the CBD was vandalised. Contributed

Vegan sign condemning animal slaughter vandalised

A BILLBOARD condemning the sale of cattle for consumption has been vandalised and the city's vegan community is not happy.

The billboard, about 1.5km north of the Toowoomba CBD on the New England Hwy, was targeted by what appears to be five paintballs.

The billboard carries the banner "Victims of violence for sale" above a picture of three calves in what appears to be a cattle saleyard.

Organised by the Vegans in Toowoomba group, the billboard has been installed at various locations on major Darling Downs highways since January this year.

Vegans in Toowoomba member Renata Halpin said the billboard was funded by "the many vegan supporters from all over Australia".

"This action brings more attention to the billboard's message that animals for sale are victims of violence," she said.

"Luckily the Bishopp billboard company replaces any vandalism, and we are currently designing a new skin."

The sign includes the Vegan Easy web address.

The city's vegan community first made headlines in 2013 when the group installed a billboard on the Warrego Hwy at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range.

That installation encouraged residents to save the planet by becoming vegan, and carried the website - a site which no longer exists online.

Vegans in Toowoomba is determined to carry on with its message despite the vandalism.

"It is sad that property is damaged and freedom of speech is not respected," Ms Haplin said.

"Our message is simple. Be kind, be vegan, for the animals, for our health and for the environment."