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American actor and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg has been slammed for having a ‘triggered fit’ over plant-based meat.
The celebrity featured on talk show The View earlier this month, where she defended her right to consume bacon.
“What I don’t want is no choice…,” the star said. “I like the bacon, I want the bacon, you don’t have to eat it… No one should tell you that you can’t have something.”
The comment received backlash from animal-rights charity PETA, who said it couldn’t help but ‘call-out’ Goldberg for her ‘rant on The View’.
“Really, Whoopi? Eating bacon is your Friday cause? Your ‘choice’ really hurts. Be kind,” PETA said. “Animals should have a choice though. Eating bacon causes enormous suffering and ends a pig’s life.
“It’s so easy to make choices that don’t support suffering and death. We urge you to consider that.”
‘Making a fuss’
“Hey I understand PETA is making a fuss because I like bacon,” Goldberg tweeted to her 1.5 million followers.
“I never said I was a vegan, and just like I want choice over my body, I want the same for what goes into my body. I would NEVER suggest that ANYONE pressure any one of YOU to change your vegan habits. Go eat a couch if you want.”
‘Animals are not property’
The star’s response added to the controversy, with a plethora of vegans highlighting the cruelty of bacon.
“You spoke a truth in you that you didn’t realize you had, Whoopi,” one user tweeted.
“Animals are not property just as human beings are not property. They don’t belong to us. They deserve to have control over what happens to their bodies just as we do.”