Today is International Day of Non-violence and World Farm Animals Day
On 2 October, we celebrate the birth of one of the greatest practitioners of non-violence in all of history, Mahatma Gandhi. To mark it, the UN has declared 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence, a day dedicated to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.
On top of that, it is World Farm Animals Day, an occasion to recognise the suffering of billions of terrified animals who are beaten, crippled and killed on factory farms and in slaughterhouses around the globe – all for nothing more than a fleeting taste of their flesh.
Compassionate members of parliament, including Adrian Sanders MP, Torbay; the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Angela Smith MP, Penistone and Stocksbridge; the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, David Watts MP, St Helens North; Frank Doran MP, Aberdeen North; Grahame Morris MP, Easington; Martin Horwood MP, Cheltenham; Nic Dakin MP, Scunthorpe; the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Transport, Norman Baker MP, Lewes; Teresa Pearce MP, Erith and Thamesmead and the Shadow International Development Minister, Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Dulwich and West Norwood, Tony Cunningham MP, Workington, have pledged to give vegan eating a try in honour of Gandhi.
They join Kerry McCarthy, Chris Williamson and Cathy Jamieson, three MPs who already leave meat, dairy products and eggs off their plates. These political leaders are leading by example.
I’m surprised that so many took up the suggestion. Fitting!
I’m not surprised at Tessa Jowell as she has some sort of vegan history when she improved the Human Rights Act in terms of vegans. Contrast that with the idiotic stuff from the Tories who seem to think they’ll be abolishing the HR Act. It’s interesting that although there are a few government MPs in this lot none are Tory!
Of course, Peta may have omitted to ask Tory MPs but if not, it’s a telling indictment of the Nasty Party. Admittedly, the other parties are hardly any better. But it all helps.
The three vegan MPs interviewed on The Vegan Option
The three vegan Members of the British Parliament (MPs) answer your questions. Are they afraid about how voters will react to their veganism? And what’s the food like at the House of Commons?
Press the play button to find out.
Ian McDonald of The Vegan Option