Aussie acting legend Rachel Griffiths has taken aim at vegan protesters at the world premiere of her new movie Ride Like a Girl at the Jam Factory in South Yarra.

The anti-racing activist group Coalition For the Protection of Racehorses were protesting the film about Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne.

Security dragged a number away during the opening speeches.

“I have been a protester myself,” Griffiths said.

“But I have to say it felt a bit like militant vegans turning up at the Botanical Gardens on Christmas Day and yelling at people for enjoying their ham.”

“They can have the feelings that they have, but you pick your battles and your best opportunities.

“It was a shame for Michelle, I think.”

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