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Furious farmers slam Lewis Hamilton for ‘hypocritical’ move to veganism

Lewis Hamilton caused a Twitter frenzy after proclaiming a vegan diet would help tackle environmental damage and ‘pollution coming from cows’.



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Furious farmers slam Lewis Hamilton for ‘hypocritical’ move to #veganism

The Mercedes Formula 1 driver made a collection of excuses for his move to plant-based foods, including suggesting ‘the cruelty [is] horrible’, that he wanted to live a ‘healthier life’ and be able to ‘pre-empt’ disease or illness.

 

Despite his decision to drop red meat about two years ago, the 32-year-old recently made the pledge to cut fish from his pescatarian diet and pursue a lifestyle free of animal products.

 

He said: “As the human race, what we are doing to the world – the pollution, in terms of emissions of global-warming gases, coming from the amount of cows that are being produced is incredible.

 

 

“They say it is more than what we produce with our flights and our cars, which is kind of crazy to think. The cruelty is horrible and I do not necessarily want to support that and I want to live a healthier life.

 

“Every person I have met who has gone vegan says it is the best decision they have ever made.”

 

Mr Hamilton said it was the content of a documentary which spurred his decision, after watching ‘meat clogging up your arteries’.

 

‘Populist’

“I can continue to decide to eat that stuff and take that risk,” he added.

 

“But when you get a disease or illness like that, you want to make a change, so I am trying to pre-empt that. I think it is the right direction and by letting people who are following me know, maybe that will encourage a couple of people to do the same thing.”


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The racing star quickly came under scrutiny from farmers on social media with many criticising his decision as a hypocritical move.

 

Abi Reader, Welsh dairy farmer and co-founder of #CowsOnTour, warned people needed to be ‘sure of the facts’ but called on the industry to ‘absolutely believe in what [we] do’.

 

She said: “These populist comments which are circulating throughout the world that meat, dairy and eggs are ruining the planet are completely irrational. Many vegans are forced to supplement their diets because they are unable to get the right nutrients from crops alone.

 

 

“As farmers selling our produce we need to be more aware of changing consumer tastes and trends and ready to reassure. I would like to see our industry less in a position of defence over issues like this and more on the front foot.”

 

James Robinson, fifth general dairy farmer from Kendal, added: “Without a doubt he is a hypocrite.

 

“To say he is becoming a vegan to save the planet is a very hollow statement coming from a competitor in the world most environmentally unfriendly global sport.

 

“If he truly wanted to reduce co2 I suggest he ditches the private jet and processes his own F1 fuel from all the veggies he expects to be eating. What a numpty.”

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