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Bournemouth turkey protest (1981)

Two newspaper reports and an interview on local radio heralded Bournemouth Vegans' Christmas Protest in the town centre on December 20. Further press and commercial television coverage followed the event at which 15 vegans and sympathisers handed out almost 3,000 leaflets aimed at unsuspecting Christians together with vegan recipes. Despite the rain the protesters manned their posts for over six hours. Well-designed placards illustrated the barbarity and hypocrisy of the conventional Christmas Dinner and these attracted considerable attention.

On December 22, Bournemouth Vegans and friends made up a party of 20 for their Christmas Dinner which was held at "Mr. Natural" vegetarian restaurant in Southbourne, Bournemouth. The menu included avocado, stuffed mushrooms, Christmas nut roast and vegan Christmas pudding with cashew cream. A report duly appeared in the local paper.

Eric George

From the Spring 1981 edition of The Vegan. Reproduced with Thanks to the Vegan Society.

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