Eating Meat Is A ‘Crime Against Humanity’ And Should Be Banned Says Left-Wing Barrister

  • Date: 23/09/19
  • Daily Mail

A leading barrister says eating meat could become illegal, because it is so bad for the environment.

Should Eating Meat Be illegal?

Michael Mansfield, the Left-wing lawyer known as ‘Moneybags Mansfield’ for his huge earnings from high-profile cases, is expected to call for a crime of ‘ecocide’ today.

Mr Mansfield, a self-styled ‘radical lawyer’ who has represented the victims of the Grenfell Tower and Hillsborough disasters, will speak at the launch of a vegan campaign at the Labour Party conference in Brighton today.

The 77-year-old will make the comments as part of a panel debating the effects of livestock farming on climate change, at the launch of Viva!¿s Vegan Now project [File photo]
The 77-year-old will make the comments as part of a panel debating the effects of livestock farming on climate change, at the launch of Viva!’s Vegan Now project [File photo]

Vegan charity Viva! publicised part of his speech last night.

Mr Mansfield will say: ‘I think when we look at the damage eating meat is doing to the planet, it is not preposterous to think that one day it will become illegal.

‘There are plenty of things that were once commonplace that are now illegal, such as smoking inside.’

The 77-year-old will make the comments as part of a panel debating the effects of livestock farming on climate change, at the launch of Viva!’s Vegan Now project.

He is also expected to call for legislation to criminalise the destruction of nature, which he compares to a ‘crime against humanity’.

Mr Mansfield will say: ‘We know that the top 3,000 companies in the world are responsible for more than £1.5 trillion worth of damage to the environment, with meat and dairy production high on the list. 

‘We know that because the UN has told us so. It is time for a new law on ecocide to go alongside genocide and the other crimes against humanity.’

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