Fury as eco zealot, 21, pours a bucket of FAECES on a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore in a sickening protest over private jets
- Eco warrior pours bucket of human waste on memorial to beloved captain
- Maddy Budd, 21, a former medical student, carried out the shocking protest
- She was trying to make a statement against the use of private jets in the UK
- Captain Sir Tom Moore raised over £30million for the NHS on his 100th birthday
An eco warrior has taken the perplexing step of pouring a bucket of human excrement over a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore in a protest over the use of private jets.
The bizarre decision to target a beloved national hero by former medical student Maddy Budd, 21, has been greeted with widespread fury and outrage.
She filmed herself pouring the canister of faeces and urine over the memorial to the late captain – who made international headlines in 2020 when he raised money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic – on behalf of pressure group End UK Private Jets.
‘Every time one [private jet] takes off, it pours a bucket of sh*t and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for,’ Maddy said in a recorded statement by way of justification for the vandalism.
‘People are going to say that he’s a hero, people are going to say that this is profoundly, obscenely disrespectful to his life, and to the NHS he stood up for and I agree.’
But the backlash against the act has been so severe that there are already threats of pressing police charges against the eco fanatic.
Former medical student Maddy Budd, 21, filmed herself pouring a bucket of human excrement over a memorial to Captain Sir Tom Moore in a protest over the use of private jets
The vandalised memorial was in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who made international headlines in 2020 when he raised money for charity in the run-up to his 100th birthday during the Covid-19 pandemic
Maddy tried to justify her desecration of the memorial by claiming that ‘every time one [private jet] takes off, it pours a bucket of sh*t and blood onto everything that Captain Tom stood for’
Captain Tom began to walk 100 lengths of his garden at the age of 99 in 2020, with the aim of raising £1,000 for NHS charities by his 100th birthday on April 30.
However, thanks to media appearances, his efforts caught the imagination of the nation and by his birthday he had raised over £30million. He was considered a national treasure by his death on February 2, 2021.
Maddy’s act of vandalism against the beloved captain, who was awarded a flypast by the RAF and British Army on his 100th birthday and was even knighted by the Queen, has prompted predictable outrage from the public.
‘How will this convince people to earn private jet use?’ wrote one Twitter user. ‘It looks like a child throwing a disgusting tantrum and being beyond disrespectful. This kind of behavior will not convince anyone to make any changes.’
Another wrote: ‘Hope she gets jail time for this. Not helping your cause at all, if anything I’m now against you and your cause. Disgusting honestly you should be distancing yourselves from this disgraceful behaviour not supporting it.’
While a third raised questions about why Maddy is no longer a medical student.
‘Former medical student? What is she now? Or is that just too embarrassing to publicise.’
Captain Sir Tom Moore raises a thumb aloft in celebration for his incredible work to raise money for the NHS
And a person who claims to have gifted the memorial said they would be pursuing Maddie for vandalism.
‘We will work with the police to ensure this taken as far as possible.
Emissions from flights are known to be significantly worse than any other form of transport, and private jets generally produce significantly more emissions per passenger than commercial flights.
Many celebrities have been pulled up for their private jet use, with one of Kylie Jenner’s flights reportedly lasting an offensively short 17 minutes.
It is estimated that her 17-minute jaunt would’ve resulted in a ton of carbon dioxide emissions.
While in itself not a huge amount, it is about a quarter of the total annual carbon footprint of the average person globally.
There are many different models of private jet, but the Cessna Citation XLS – consistently one of the most popular – burns 189 gallons (857 litres) of aviation fuel an hour on average.
During the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow last year, there was a total of 76 flights involving private jets, or VIP flights, arriving in and around Glasgow in the four days leading up to 1 November.
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