Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Rolling vegans down a hill

This morning's Guardian reports Monday's events at Cooper's Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire, where the locals traditionally hurl themselves down a 1 in 2 hill in pursuit of a Double Gloucester cheese.

Just the sort of eccentricity we English are known for, you might think. Though not in the class of Hallaton in Leicestershire, where Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scrambling take place every Easter Monday. (Yes, really. And you thought I made Lord Bonkers' Diary up.)

But not everyone is happy. The Grauniad quotes Yvonne Taylor, chair of the animal rights campaign group Peta, as saying: "It's just not fair that vegans cannot enjoy the fun of the cheese rolling contest."

Why can't vegans take part? They don't have to eat the cheese if they catch it. They can always release it into the wild.

Another solution would be to role the vegans down Cooper's Hill.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank god someone else picked up on 'the vegan world gone mad' comment about cheese rolling, may be next year we could roll that same vegan down the hill and I will quite happily chase it. The gloucester was too fast for me this year anyway. So there is a compromise after all Yvonne!