‘Animals Are Not a Meal’: PETA Scolds Nigella Lawson, Offers Invite to Animal Sanctuary

‘Animals Are Not a Meal’: PETA Scolds Nigella Lawson, Offers Invite to Animal Sanctuary

London –  Following Nigella Lawson’s interview in The Sunday Times in which she stated she doesn’t “see the point” in going vegan, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk fired off a letter to the celebrity chef letting her know that the point is that animals are not meals. Newkirk also extended an invite for Lawson to join PETA on a visit to a local farmed animal sanctuary.

In the letter (available here), Newkirk discusses the various ways in which pigs, chickens, ducks, and other animals farmed for their flesh suffer. “If we are true to our own values of decency and kindness to others, can we justify inflicting such violence on these emotional, sensitive individuals for a fleeting moment of taste?” she writes. “I do not wish to believe that you, surely a decent person, can justify voluntary obliviousness to supporting such appalling suffering.”

Newkirk further critiques Lawson for ignoring the effect animal agriculture has on the environment, writing that “it is irresponsible nowadays blithely to consume animal-derived foods, whose production contributes to climate change, deforestation, water pollution, and species extinction … let alone defend doing so as if it’s inconsequential.”

Each person who goes vegan helps reduce the likelihood of future pandemics and protect our environment from the damaging effects of factory farms and processing plants as well as sparing nearly 200 animals a year daily misery and a terrifying death.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview and offers a free vegan starter kit full of recipes, tips, and more.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]