Leicester, Your Destination Is Vegan Pie Roundabout
This week, we sent a letter to Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby with an unusual request: change the name of Pork Pie Roundabout to Vegan Pie Roundabout.
The letter notes that the name change would inspire the public to make healthier food choices, help the environment, celebrate Leicester’s heritage, and prevent animal suffering.
We’ve offered to provide the local community with a supply of delicious vegan pies if the change is implemented.
At the Next Junction, Take the Healthier Route
As recent reports revealed that Leicestershire has some of the highest obesity rates in the UK, there’s never been a better time to stop going around in circles and take a bite out of Leicester’s dangerous obesity crisis.
Eating meat, including pies made from pigs, is particularly linked to colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma, and stomach cancer. Animal-derived foods contain many substances that can directly increase the risk of cancer, such as haem, nitrates, nitrites, heterocyclic amines, and polycyclic amines.
Vegans are less likely than meat-eaters to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Plant pies are the future, Leicester!
Pigs Are Not Ingredients
As the word “vegan” was coined in Leicester by Donald Watson in 1944, changing the name of this busy roundabout would also be a great way to celebrate the city’s vegan and pie-loving heritage.
It’s no wonder Watson wanted to coin a whole new term to end the use of animals – pigs, like all animals, don’t want to become pies! Pigs are friendly, loyal, and intelligent animals, not ingredients.
They are naturally very clean, live in small family groups, and love playing, exploring their surroundings, foraging for food, and building nests for their offspring.
But pigs imprisoned on factory farms are not given the chance to engage in this natural behaviour. Crammed into barren concrete pens, they may never see the sun or breathe fresh air. The frustration and stress of extreme confinement with nothing to stimulate their sharp minds can drive them to engage in aggressive behaviour such as ear- and tail-biting, so farmers routinely cut off their tails and grind down their sensitive teeth, usually without painkillers.
Eventually, at the slaughterhouse, the animals are hoisted upside down by their hind legs and their throats are cut, often without effective stunning. About 10 million pigs are subjected to this fate each year in the UK alone.
Go Vegan for the Planet, Your Health, and Animals
Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in the meat, egg, and dairy industries. Vegan meals are greener, too, as animal agriculture is a leading contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions causing the climate catastrophe.
Order your free vegan starter kit now for everything you need to make the change: