PETA U.K. Urges ‘Doctor Who’ Producer to Make Character Vegan

For Immediate Release:
August 8, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

London – Following the selection of Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who, PETA U.K. has fired off a letter to showrunner Chris Chibnall asking that he make the character vegan.

“Eating dead animals simply doesn’t fit with the Doctor’s moral compass since … the show has ‘the central message of love for life in all its forms,'” writes PETA U.K. Director Elisa Allen.
PETA U.K. (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) notes that in the meat, egg, and dairy industries, smart and sensitive animals are crammed into windowless sheds, torn away from their mothers, mutilated, and sent to an early death—and many are slaughtered while they’re still conscious. The group also notes that vegan eating has been shown to help reduce the risk of suffering from cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, writing that “[c]onsidering all the benefits that eating vegan has for a person’s heart, it’d be doubly beneficial for the Doctor!”

PETA U.K.’s full letter to Chris Chibnall is available here.

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