Calls for Leicester’s Pork Pie Roundabout to be renamed – amid concern for city’s obesity rates | UK News
Animal rights group PETA has called on officials in Leicester to rename the city’s Pork Pie Roundabout to promote healthier food and help the environment.
PETA – The Ethical Treatment of Animals – said “this is not a heavenly request” in a letter to Leicester Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.
The organization said the junction should be called the Vegan Pie Roundabout to “help reduce Leicester-related obesity rates”.
Terms “vegan“posed in Leicester in 1944 and the name change would be a “great way” to celebrate the city’s “cake-loving legacy”.
The roundabout south of Leicester gets its name from a nearby library, which is said to look like a pork pie when viewed from above.
PETA senior campaign manager, Kate Werner, writes: “This is not a heavenly request. Eating a varied, plant-based diet has been shown to prevent heart disease, diabetes, belly fat and cancer.
“Vibrant vegan foods also have less saturated fat, fewer calories, and less cholesterol than meat-rich foods.
“Encouraging people to eat plants could also help ease the burden on Leicester’s already overstretched NHS.
“The United Nations has declared that a global shift to plant-based eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate catastrophe, so this name change will be a Great way to support Leicester’s Climate Emergency Strategy.
“And since the word ‘vegan’ was coined in Leicester by Donald Watson in 1944, that would also be a great way to celebrate the city’s vegetarian and cake-loving heritage.”
PETA added that local companies Pukka Pies and Samworth Brothers offer popular vegan cakes.
It said: “The vegan pie category attracted the most entries at the British Pie Awards in Melton last year, as more and more people opted for plant-based foods.
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“Veganism saves sensitive, intelligent animals from lifelong suffering.
“You can help stop this cruelty with a name change that will inspire residents to make vegan food choices.
“There’s never been a better time to stop going around and get out of Leicester’s dangerous obesity crisis.”