Green Thumb – and Plate! PETA Urges Chelsea Flower Show to Serve Only Vegan Food

9 May 2024

Green Thumb – and Plate! PETA Urges Chelsea Flower Show to Serve Only Vegan Food

London – Ahead of the annual Chelsea Flower Show in May, PETA sent an urgent letter to Director General of the Royal Horticultural Society Clare Matterson encouraging her to ensure that food vendors at the event serve only delicious, planet- and animal-friendly vegan fare so that patrons can enjoy an experience that is truly brimming with life.

“We commend the impressive strides the Royal Horticultural Society has already made on the plant-based front and hope you’ll agree that your show – which celebrates life and nature – is perfectly placed to go fully vegan,” writes PETA Vice President of Vegan Projects Dawn Carr. “A sustainable event that’s kind to every animal would be more inclusive to all its green-fingered guests.”

Animals exploited for their flesh, eggs, or milk suffer immensely. Females are repeatedly forcibly impregnated. Babies are torn away from their mothers, mutilated, and kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a stressful and terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are ineffectively stunned and therefore killed while still conscious.

Animal agriculture is a leading cause of environmental destruction, as it requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water while emitting huge quantities of greenhouse gases. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently determined that current agricultural systems make it impossible to meet climate commitments – even if all other sources of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated.

PETA recently launched a new campaign calling on government officials to stop subsidising the environmentally disastrous meat, egg, and dairy industries to the tune of billions of pounds each year and redirect those crucial funds towards farmers who are cultivating healthy and nourishing crops that don’t cause animals immense suffering and require far less energy, land, and water to produce.

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 for those looking to make the switch to vegan eating. For more information, please visit or follow the group on X, Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram.


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