Shadow Environment secretary Kerry McCarthy has claimed meat eaters should be treated in the same way smokers are.
The politician, who calls herself a ‘militant’ vegan, has caused concern among Britan’s farming industry, who feel her views on badger culling and hunting in general would end up being detrimental to their industry.
After being a vegan for the last 20 years, and a vegetarian in the ten years prior, McCarthy has claimed that if people really want to protect animals, they would give up dairy and meat totally.
Her views have been ridiculed in some quarters, as the Countryside Alliance claimed her opinions were ‘verging on the cranky’.
This is after McCarthy suggested that public campaigns should be used to encourage people to give up meat, in the same way they are used to stop smoking.
She spoke to vegan magazine Viva!life and claimed:
I really believe that meat should be treated in exactly the same way as tobacco, with public campaigns to stop people eating it.
Progress on animal welfare is being made at EU level … but in the end it comes down to not eating meat or dairy.
She has also come out in support of the low price of milk, which is thought to have angered farmers further, calling it a ‘supply and demand thing’.