French Vegan Festival Canceled By Butcher’s Revenge

by | September 5, 2018

The French port town of Calais has been in the news a lot over recent years with recurring battles between police and migrants, or ferry workers going on strike, but now the town is back in the headlines again and this time it’s because a French vegan festival has been canceled by an alliance of butchers, farmers, and hunters.

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The Calais town council decided to cancel the event scheduled for September 8th due to an alarming number of butchers, farmers, and hunters who formed an alliance to seek revenge on militant vegans who have been trying to turn the largely carnivorous French off meat and to more plant-based options.

This move to cancel the French vegan festival is the latest episode of an ongoing battle between vegans and butchers and other meat providers in the north of the country. The Calais mayor’s office has said it had to cancel the upcoming event to “guarantee public safety” and to protect festival organizers and visitors from a “risk of an outbreak of public disorder.”

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The association that organized the French vegan festival, Farplace, was more specific about where the threats of a public disturbance were coming from. On the events facebook page, they claimed town hall officials had told them “hunters and farmers had come together to make very clear threats about what might happen if the event was held.”

Laurent Rigaud, head of the butchers’ federation in the area, said if the French vegan festival had gone ahead as planned, “We were ready to organize a big barbecue (in Calais), along with hunters, farmers, and restaurateurs.”

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