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A vegan festival set to occur September 8, in Calais, France has been canceled in the wake of threats from ‘farmers and hunters’.

According to the city’s mayor’s office, controversy surrounding the impending event created concerns of an ‘outbreak’ – and resulted in a cancelation to ‘guarantee public safety’.

Organizers indicated on the event’s Facebook page that ‘hunters and farmers’ made ‘very clear threats’ which led to the concerns.


The news was met with disappointment by many, with one commenter suggesting that the cancelation backlash as a result of a growing vegan movement.

They wrote: “In what time do we live where mayors/city hall staff listen to people that are unable to keep their hormones under control and live by the fear of a changing world that will force them to change their old habits and beliefs.”

Pushback was also witnessed at a plant-based festival in Amsterdam this month, at which an attendee wearing a vest that read ‘go vegan and die’ stood eating raw meat in what appeared to be a silent protest.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.