Given that it’s Veganuary and everything, it’s unsurprising that plant-powered people are piping up a bit more in public. But now one prominent vegetarian has perhaps been a bit bolder than usual.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon has gone on the record saying that if she ran the country she’d make killing animals for meat completely illegal.
When asked what laws she’d change if she could, Alesha also said that she’d shut down every slaughterhouse in the country and ban smoking completely. She’s not messing about.
“I’d make smoking illegal and I’d ban the slaughter of animals for food or anything,” Alesha told the Daily Mail as part of a Q&A.
“So I’d close down every factory responsible for either and make it illegal to smoke or eat meat. Everyone would be fine, trust me!”
The farming and tobacco industries might have something to say about that, Alesha.
Former Mis-Teeq member Alesha became a pescetarian in 2012, meaning that she’s given up eating meat but continues to eat fish and seafood.
Dixon, who said she gave up meat for health reasons and her love for animals, suggested in an interview last April that it was the influence of her mum which made her make the jump.
“My mum is vegan and I think she’s had a big influence on me over the years,” she explained. “I guess she finally cracked me.”
Alesha, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and became a judge on the show before jumping to Britain’s Got Talent, admitted that she also no longer drinks cow’s milk, opting for almond milk instead.
She said that she doesn’t regret making the decision, although she admitted to still consuming other dairy products.
“I listen to what my body wants,” she said, before adding: “I feel great for it!”
While Alesha may be pretty chuffed with her decision, a real devil’s advocate could say that she’s ignoring the harm the dairy and egg industries also do to animals.
For example, veal is technically a by-product of milk production as the only use for male cows is basically for sperm, but hey, that’s by the by.
You might think that Alesha’s demands are a tad strict, but it’s probably safe to say she won’t be running for Prime Minister any time soon. No doubt that will come as good news to you bacon sarnie lovers out there.