EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris has promised to go vegan for a day to mark the birth of spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is launching a campaign for people to not eat any animal products on Wednesday, the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, and UN International Day of Non-Violence.
Gandhi taught that nonviolence begins with what we eat, saying: “I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man”. Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence always included animals, stating, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
Grahame Morris MP said: “Mahatma Gandhi is one of the greatest and most influential human beings of the 20th Century. Gandhi taught a powerful message about how to change the world through peaceful activism and non-violence.
“I am delighted to honour his memory, and his commitment to non-violence, by going vegan for the day”
PETA associate director Mimi Bekhechi said: “By promoting animal-free foods, Grahame Morris is sending a powerful message to his constituents about the importance of non-violence towards all living beings – humans and other species alike.
“If Gandhi were alive today, we’re sure he’d be encouraged by the greatness of this public servant’s compassionate action.”