Brisbane – As the cast members of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prepare for the upcoming Brisbane season at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, PETA has sent them a hamper of vegan chocolates from the Vegan Grocery Store.
Brisbane’s Phineaus Knickerbocker and Cooper Matthews and the Gold Coast’s Flynn Nowlan, who will all be playing Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, recently shared in an interview that half the cast is vegan.
“Given Roald Dahl’s love of animals and all the delicious vegan chocolate on the market today, we’re sure that in 2021, Willy Wonka would be vegan, too,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Kindness truly is animals’ golden ticket to liberation, so we hope the cast enjoys these decadent, cruelty-free treats.”
In today’s dairy industry, cows are artificially inseminated via an inserted syringe and forcibly impregnated. After they carry their babies for nine months, just as humans do, the calves are torn away from them. Females are usually forced to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, while males are slaughtered, often for veal or leather. Cows have been known to wail for their babies for days after being separated from them, sometimes running after the trucks carrying their calves. Desperate mother cows have even been known to hide their young from farmers.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that plant-based meals are greener: the United Nations has said that a global switch to vegan eating is necessary to offset the worst effects of climate change.