A VEGANISM foundation will be barbecuing a 'baby' outside Winchester Foodies Festival.

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be stationing themselves in the North Walls Recreation Ground from 1pm, on Friday July 15, outside Winchester Foodies Festival.

PETA’s ‘chef’ will be cooking up a lifelike doll to encourage people to “think twice about who they’re chowing down on."

Members of PETA UK will be holding signs stating: “Leave babies off the BBQ. Go Vegan!” and “Chickens are just six weeks old when eaten.”

PETA senior campaigns manager Kate Werner said: “From smoked tofu burgers to animal-free bacon, there are plenty of sizzling vegan options that are as kind to animals as they are delicious.

“PETA is calling on anyone repulsed by the prospect of grilling a newborn to leave baby animals in peace and off their plates.”

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The PETA Foundation is a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.

They believe: “All animals are someone’s baby, regardless of species. And every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year. Cows in the meat industry are often confined to filthy factory farms and may spend their entire lives indoors. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot them in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throat – often while they’re still conscious and able to feel pain.

“Vegan barbecues are reportedly 43 per cent healthier than meaty ones, and producing and barbecuing a single beef burger releases enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to fill more than 60 party balloons, compared with just eight for a vegan burger.”

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Foodies Festival, part of the annual national BBQ week’s ‘BBQ Roadshows’ is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK.

The Winchester festival will take place from Friday, July 15 to Sunday July 17 with a host of TV chefs and chart-topping music stars.

Members of PETA will be in Nuns Road on Friday, July 15 at 1pm to barbecue the fake baby.


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