PETA Urges Royal Welsh Show to ‘Grow Vegan’

PETA Urges Royal Welsh Show to ‘Grow Vegan’

Cardiff, Wales – Ahead of the annual Royal Welsh Show (24 to 27 July), PETA sent a letter to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Chief Executive Aled Rhys Jones encouraging him to transition to a vegan event – the Royal Welsh Grow – with a focus on supporting hard-working arable and horticulture farmers in Wales. PETA has even designed a new logo for the event featuring mascot Llywelyn Leek, a cheerful representation of the Welsh national symbol.

Currently, the show forces thousands of non-consenting animals into transport and confinement and parades them about for the purposes of entertainment. A vegan event, in contrast, could feature fun, family-friendly activities with only willing participants, such as a vegan Welsh cake cooking demonstration, a leek beauty pageant, and bobbing for Denbigh plums.

“Instead of exploiting animals for entertainment and serving food that has been cut or expelled from an animal’s body, the new Royal Welsh Grow could celebrate Wales’ hard-working plant-based farmers and delicious, locally produced vegan fare,” says PETA Vice President of Vegan Projects Dawn Carr. “The change would support sustainable, ethical, and healthy plant-based agriculture in Wales, highlighting all the fantastic crops that can be grown, including potatoes, broccoli, and strawberries.”

Animal agriculture is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, deforestation, pollution, and pandemics. Researchers at the University of Oxford determined that current agricultural systems make it impossible to meet climate commitments even if all other sources of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated. As the Wales Agriculture Bill encourages more sustainable farming to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, a switch to an all-vegan event would help support this goal. PETA offers a free vegan starter kit for those looking to make the switch to vegan meals.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – released a video last year celebrating crop farmers across the UK. Earlier this year, the group also announced the winners of its first-ever Farming Awards.

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