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Vegans Demand Animal Sanctuary Café Stop Serving Meat

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Image: Twitter/Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Vegans are demanding animal sanctuary Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare‘s café to stop serving meat on its menu.

Vegans were calling and sending emails to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare to urge the animal sanctuary to stop killing animals for its café as they say it is hypocritical and unnecessary.

Some vegans added that the “meat eating trustees” of the animal sanctuary are betraying the legacy of the late Mabel Raymonde-Hawkins, the sanctuary’s founder.

“It is my view, and that of every decent minded person, that no animal should be made to suffer at all for any reason,” the animal-loving founder wrote in her book Sensible Pets and Silly People.

Goat in the Sanctuary | Image: Twitter/Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

However, Raystede café’s current menu includes English breakfast with bacon and butchers pork sausage, meaty breakfast baps, ham egg and chips, and quarter-pound beef burgers served with chips and salad.

“The meat-eating trustees at Raystede, for their own convenience, have chosen to categorize that slaughter of farmed animals as necessary suffering — despite the fact that animal products are now known to be not only unnecessary but detrimental to human health,” vegan campaigner Edward Burbank told Daily Mail.

“Certainly no one could call bacon and beef burgers healthy food. So how can those in charge at Raystede justify ordering the deaths of the cows and pigs out of whom they were made?”


Birds in the Sanctuary | Image: Twitter/Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Raystede defended killing animals for its café, claiming that Raymonde-Hawkins regularly ate fish and dairy-based meals when she was still alive.

“We are aware of a small but ongoing campaign directed at our staff and trustees by instigators who, despite never having had the privilege of meeting our founder, take the position that she was an active vegan,” a spokesperson for Raystede said in a statement.

“Our President, who knew Ms Raymonde-Hawkins for more than 20 years, fondly remembers meals out with her where she would regularly eat trout, salmon and a range of dairy-based meals whilst she secured funding and legacies from a wide range of supporters.”

“We are proud to continue Ms. Raymonde-Hawkins’ pioneering work today.”

“We welcome visitors to Raystede, to see for themselves the positive impact we have on the animals in our care and to experience the support and guidance we offer to the families and pet owners with whom we work.”


Image: Twitter/Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare

Aside from Raystede, Hilltop Farm Animal Sanctuary also faced backlash from vegans for offering an animal-derived dining experience.

Called “The Hungry Obbit,” the dining experience features a “night of dining in a Hobbit house under the stars” with locally sourced fresh food “cooked on a roaring fire.”

Despite using all profits from the dining experience to help animals in the sanctuary, vegans are calling out the animal sanctuary — revealing the irony of an animal sanctuary offering an animal-derived dining experience.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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