Have a Veggie Merry Christmas!

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I love Christmas! This is the second year I have lived in London and been able to experience all the festivities – the lights on Regent Street, the brilliant decorations on Carnaby Street, the chestnut sellers on Tower Bridge – shall I go on? Because I can, trust me!

But, of course, there is a sadder side to Christmas. More animals are killed to be eaten on Christmas Day than for any other day of the year. Turkeys, geese, pigs, chickens – the list goes on. Every one of these animals will have been violently slaughtered, and most will have spent their entire lives in confinement on factory farms – and for what? Eating the corpse of a tormented animal does not equate to the spirit of the season, and neither does cruelty to animals promote Christmas cheer. So why do people do people feel the need to stuff themselves with as much dead flesh as they can? Whatever the reason, there is no excuse.

Nobody needs to eat meat on Christmas Day or on any other day! There are so many scrumptious and compassionate foods on the market: for example, wonderful vegan roasts  are available from Redwood and Tofurky, and there are so many vegan sausages, bacon and other products for sale that the options are limitless! Here are some of my favourites for you to try: for sausages, try Fry’s Traditional Sausages, and if you fancy wrapping them in a bit of “bacon”, you can pick up some Streaky-Style Vegetarian Rashers from Redwood.

And for dessert, there’s no need to forgo the Christmas pudding! Every possible seasonal treat is taken care of: try Tesco-brand mince pies and Co-op after-dinner mints, which are all vegan. Co-op are even labelling their champagne and wine to show which are suitable for vegans, making it even easier to celebrate a cruelty-free Christmas. So come on – this year, let’s spread a little cheer for animals too!

With Christmas dinner all taken care of, you’ll have more time to sit back and watch naf Christmas films (unless they’re James Bond films starring the hero of our foie gras campaign, Sir Roger Moore).

Happy “Vege-mas”, everyone!


  • Harry commented on December 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    That’s true… Any celebration includes sadder part as well… Every treat taken is tastier… Enjoy…

  • KT commented on December 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I had a totally vegan Winter Solstice celebration meal: Redwoods roast with cranberry & rice stuffing, all the trimmings and Crimbo pud with soya cream for dessert! :p

  • BH commented on December 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    lovely how we are raised towards ignorance that chicken nuggets are born in freezers…

  • David Harriman commented on November 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    People moan about Vegetarian/Vegan groups using “shock-tactics” and showing what happens inside slaughterhouses &c, but it IS horrific! I briefly worked in one in 1980 – I lasted almost 3-weeks – and things have not changed!
    I haven’t eaten meat since then, and have been Vegan since 1992. People DO need jolting out of their inertia, and we do need to educate them, and speak-up for the animals, who can’t speak for themselves!
    You are only human because your parents are human. Imagine if your thinking consciousness had woken up inside a farm-animal when you were born….

  • RUTH commented on November 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    People are people where ever you go…there is good and bad in everyone..i believe that most of us are caring and compassionate towards each other and animals, but i believe that most people live in ignorance and that is where the problem lies,if only there were more television coverage of the actual facts on factory farming then i think there would be more people against it..education is the key surely!!

  • Tove Reece commented on December 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Our group was given permission by Paul McCartney to do a table at his concert in Edmonton for our campaign to get Lucy, the local zoo elephant, moved to a sanctuary. We also worked the PETA/Paul McCartney “Meat Free Monday” table beside ours. We urged people to take literature and a DVD by Sir Paul talking about factory farming. I was shocked at the number of people who didn’t even know what factory farming was.

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