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How Is Veganism Going Mainstream in the UK?

February 12, 2018


As a result of a rapidly growing Vegan community within the UK, the BBC has given significant air-time to the cause over the past several months.   While the BBC has written numerous articles on the subject, it seems that the radio and television interviews have had the most impact.  One of the first notable interviews dates back to last March when Kaye Adams interviewed James Aspey - 
Adams asked James about his vegan journey, 30-day vow of silence, experience with Bulimia and cancer, and why he chose veganism.  While the movement was definitely growing at the time of this interview, Adams was still careful to not 'step on the toes' of her omnivorous audience.  
The first significant television interview was conducted a few months later.  The BBC brought together a panel that included a newly vegan couple, a vegan of 7-months, two nutritionists, and Tim Shieff, to discuss the rise of veganism. 
This panel discussed everything from meal plans, to ethics, to raw veganism. 
Most recently Earthling Ed was featured in two pieces by the BBC.  The first of which he was brought on to discuss veganism with a dairy farmer.  In the process he explained some of the terrible things that the animals experience in the Dairy industry, and was able to provide details that much of the public does not know about.  The farmer didn't refute Ed's claims, but instead stated that his farming is transparent and that the majority of the public continues to enjoy animal products.  
 The second of which features Veganuary (since they've had their largest year yet, with 150,000 participants), vegan food, and vegan activism - including The Earthlings Experience.

Is it all fair?

This attention has been a catalyst that's caused many minds to start thinking, but it has also brought about a lot of anger.  One farmer told BBC that she "Receives Death Threats" from vegans for what she does. Multiple media outlets covered this story, only for the public to find out that this was clearly a lie and for the farmer to admit that she hasn't actually received any death threats.

Joey Carbstrong has had multiple opportunities to speak up for animals recently, from talking on Jeremy Vine's Radio Talk Show, to engaging in a live debate with two farmers on national television.  In both cases Joey has told the truth about what happens to animals and has stood his ground against others attempting refute his claims. Despite this, the media has taken Joey's criminal background (prior to veganism) and has utilized Ad Hominem Attacks against him in an attempt to undermine his character.  These publications range from Daily Mail, Telegraph, The Sun, and The Independent.  Media outlets publish dishonest articles such as these in order to get clicks (and in turn attention, then revenue.)  While these articles stir up a lot of emotion for omnivorous readers, they don't offer any argument against Veganism as a moral philosophy.  

What has your favorite piece of vegan-related media been?  Let us know in the comments below!

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