Prince Charles Under Fire From PETA for Proposed Cattle Farm Expansion

For Immediate Release:

21 May 2020


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Letter Urges Royal Estate to Withdraw Planning Application to Increase Herd Size

London – Following the submission of a planning application to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk to expand the Sandringham Estate’s cattle farm by 500 animals, PETA rushed a letter (available here) to Prince Charles – who manages the estate – urging him to withdraw the application and move towards sustainable plant-based agriculture instead.

“The last thing this country or any other needs is more farmed animals,” says PETA Campaigns Officer Theodora Iona. “As consuming animals has been linked to climate change and global pandemics, it’s clear we must urgently move away from animal agriculture – and Prince Charles would do well to lead the way.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that according to a United Nations report, animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. In addition, vegan eating spares sensitive animals a terrifying death at the abattoir, where workers shoot cows in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throats, sometimes while they’re still conscious. Vegans are also less prone to suffering from cancer, obesity, and diabetes than meat-eaters are, and they have a smaller carbon footprint.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the group further notes that deadly outbreaks of swine flu, avian flu, SARS, HIV, foot-and-mouth disease, mad cow disease, and other zoonotic diseases have stemmed from capturing wild animals or farming animals.

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