Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:40 PM Animal activists spark fury after demanding Pork Pie Island is renamed Vegan ... trends now
Vegan activists have called for the city of Leicester to rename a traffic roundabout called Pork Pie Island to 'Vegan Pie Roundabout'.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggested the controversial move in a letter to Leicester's Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, saying that the island should be rebranded to help promote healthier food choices.
Pork Pie Island was named by locals to match a 1930s library which sits adjacent to the roundabout. The library has a series of round sections surrounding its main building that slightly resembles a pork pie when looking at it from a bird's-eye view.
Kate Werner, senior campaigns manager at PETA, claimed the word 'vegan' was invented in Leicester, and changing the name would inspire residents to choose meat-free foods.
Vegan activists at PETA have called for the city of Leicester to rename a traffic roundabout called Pork Pie Island (pictured) to 'Vegan Pie Roundabout'
Pork Pie Island was named by locals to match a 1930s library (pictured) which sits adjacent to the roundabout
She said: 'This timely name change would inspire healthier food choices that help the environment, celebrate Leicester's heritage, and prevent animal suffering. This is not a pie-in-the-sky request.
'Eating a varied plant-based diet has been shown to prevent heart disease, diabetes, abdominal fat, and cancer.
'Encouraging people to eat plant-based could also help lessen the burden on Leicester's already overstretched NHS.
'The United Nations has stated that a global shift towards plant-based