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Rabbits are not the only animals…

19 June 2014

Award-winning writer, Jeanette Winterson, has received a backlash from the social media community this week by posting images of a rabbit she caught, killed and cooked. 

The author of the acclaimed “Oranges are not the Only Fruit” posted comments on Twitter that said “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.” and “The skin which includes the head makes a great glove puppet”. 

According to media reports (BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail), this has shocked many of her 33,000 followers, and prompted them to express their distaste with follow up comments. 

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society, said: “These images have clearly caused great strength of feeling in the online community.  Killing animals for food happens behind closed doors every day, however, many people choose to ignore this fact.  This situation demonstrates that when people are shown the reality, it appears to resonate with them. 

“A vegetarian diet is a better choice for people, animals and for the environment.  There is no nutritional need to eat animals, so if the thought of eating them leaves a bad taste, a meat-free lifestyle could be for you.”

The Vegetarian Society, founded in 1847, inspires and supports people to be vegetarian. The charity organises National Vegetarian Week, runs the Cordon Vert vegetarian cookery school, and provides services to support those pursuing a vegetarian way of life, including the Vegetarian Society Approved trademark scheme.

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