Vegan activists are demanding the famous ‘Pork Pie Roundabout’ has its name changed to aid ‘preventing animal cruelty’.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), plant-based eaters have written to the mayor of Leicester to request that the roundabout be renamed ‘Vegan Pie Roundabout,’ which would encourage the public to ‘make healthier food choices’ and ‘prevent animal suffering’.
The site says: “As the word ‘vegan’ was coined in Leicester by Donald Watson in 1944, changing the name of this busy roundabout would also be a great way to celebrate the city’s vegan and pie-loving heritage.
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“As recent reports revealed that Leicestershire has some of the highest obesity rates in the UK, there’s never been a better time to stop going around in circles and take a bite out of Leicester’s dangerous obesity crisis.
“Eating meat, including pies made from pigs, is particularly linked to colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma, and stomach cancer.
“Animal-derived foods contain many substances that can directly increase the risk of cancer, such as haem, nitrates, nitrites, heterocyclic amines, and polycyclic amines.
“Vegans are less likely than meat-eaters to suffer from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
“Plant pies are the future, Leicester!”
The roundabout actually got its name from a famous library building in the city, which resembles a pork pie when looked down on from above.
According to the BBC, the Mayor of Leicester replied and, unfortunately for PETA, the roundabout will not be changing its name at this moment in time.
In response to the request, he said: “It’s a funny and quite clever way of drawing attention to themselves and their cause – but there is no way we could change the name people have given to the library and the roundabout next to it.
“It has been known locally as the Pork Pie Library since it was built in the 1930s, thanks to its distinctive circular shape. Any talk of changing its name is just pie in the sky.”
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