Why ‘Coronation Street’ Should Go Vegan
As World Vegan Month is underway – and Coronation Street prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary in December – PETA sent a letter to ITV Series Producer Iain MacLeod encouraging him to honour both occasions by making all the meals on the show vegan.
The letter puts forward the case for making the switch:
“Serving vegan meat, milk, cheese, and more at the Rovers Return and Roy’s Rolls would put Corrie in good company: EastEnders will soon serve meat-free meals at the Queen Vic and Kathy’s, on the advice of the show’s new eco-consultant.”
- For animals: Every single animal exploited and killed for food is a sensitive individual with his or her own thoughts, feelings, and personality. Yet the meat, egg, dairy, and fishing industries subject them to claustrophobic conditions, immense suffering, and violent slaughter. These animals never get to raise their families, root around in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that’s natural and important to them. Most won’t even breathe fresh air until the day they’re loaded onto lorries headed to the abattoir.
- For the planet: The leading cause of global deforestation, a major contributor to climate change, and one of the main reasons for devastating forest fires around the world is the use of animals for food. More land is required to feed a meat-eater than a vegan, and gases and waste produced by animals cause serious pollution.
- For our health: Vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters are. Major pandemics, too, are linked to eating animals. Experts say that COVID-19 originated in a “wet market” in Wuhan, China, where humans had direct contact with live animals and dead animal flesh. According to Public Health England, “Many (60 to 80% [of]) emerging infections are derived from an animal source.”
What You Can Do
Going vegan is the single best thing we can do as individuals to tackle some of the biggest threats to our planet.
We’ve made it super-easy for you to embark on your vegan journey this World Vegan Month: take our 30-day vegan pledge and we’ll guide you through the transition to a compassionate lifestyle.