Meat-free MP backs day of non-violence

Angela Smith MP
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No meat for me – Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith is marking Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday by turning vegan for 24 hours.

Normally Angela enjoys sticking away a steak but today she’ll be tucking into porridge, tomato soup, fruit and a vegetable curry or two.

The International Day of Non-Violence is being backed by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Gandhi was a strict vegetarian and wrote the book The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism, which famously said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Angela said the day was about the promotion of peace and non-violence.

“Gandhi was famous for campaigning in a non-violent way to achieve his aim of ending British rule in India, and I see this as highlighting the methods of other leaders who followed in his path, such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King,” she said.

“I must admit I am not even a vegetarian but I agreed to take part in the day to raise its profile. I will still find plenty to eat and even meat eaters should agree that the idea that we should all eat more vegetables and perhaps less meat is a good one.”

PETA said Angela was sending a powerful message to her constituents.