Campaigners have urged a theater to remove pork products from its menu during the staging of popular children’s show Peppa Pig.
Animal rights charity PETA told the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury that serving vegan food during the performances on 13 and 14 would be more appropriate.
Peta UK Director, Elisa Allen, said: “Many of the young children who will cheer for Peppa would be horrified to learn that sausages are made from pigs like her.
“Peppa shows others that she’s not a piece of bacon or a ham sandwich but rather an individual with emotions and the ability to feel joy.
“What better way to honour the live show’s message than by serving vegan meals?”
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Allen wrote to theatre bosses to describe the horror experienced by pigs in factory farms.
She said: “We respectfully urge you to honour the popular pig by taking animals off the menu during the run – or even better, for good.
“We hope you’ll agree to serve only plant-based meals during the Peppa Pig’s Adventures run, and PETA would be happy to help by supplying your café with vegan ham or sausages for the opening show.
“They’re tasty and high in protein.”
Acting Marlowe Theatre Director, Paula Gillespie, told The Kent Messenger: “We respect PETA’s point of view but we can’t get ourselves tied up in knots with different things in our programme and how that might be reflected in the menu.
“It’s about individual choice and we already offer good vegetarian options. What we want to do is give customers what they want otherwise we wouldn’t be operating commercially.
“All our meat is supplied locally and responsibly from the Butcher of Brogdale and I believe is free-range.”