Yorkshire's Cricket Coach Speaks About Veganism & Calls out Dairy Sponsor
Jason Gillespie, coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, is definitely an example of a proud and outspoken vegan. Having changed his lifestyle almost two years ago, the former cricket player was featured in The Yorkshire Post last week and spoke about his career, family, and his vegan diet.
Gillespie stated he initially went vegan after his father died from a heart attack almost three years ago, and that the tragedy inspired him to learn more about health and nutrition. After watching a few documentaries, he stated that the choice became clear and that his only regret is not having adopted the lifestyle sooner. He stated:
“I just started to do a bit of research on health and nutrition, then I watched a couple of documentaries. There was one in particular, Earthlings. It started as a health thing, but after watching that I couldn’t be a part of a society which treats animals the way we do.”
He states that veganism caused him to really reflect on his life and that he and his wife (who is also a vegan) are now “looking through eyes without blinkers on.” He also spoke out about the dairy industry, slaughterhouses, and the concept of “humane slaughter”. The Yorkshire Post pointed out the fact that the cricket players’ shirts have the logo of the cheese firm The Wensleydale Creamery, and Gillespie spoke about his views on that particular sponsor. He stated:
“Yes they are a sponsor. But it doesn’t mean I agree with what they do. It’s out of my control, just like the fact that cricket balls are made of leather. I’ll have it out with my people, I don’t care. There’s nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in.”
Gillespie’s comments have definitely resulted in some defensive responses according to The Telegraph, as marketing manager of The Wensleydale Creamery Sandra Bell called the coach’s comments “bold” and deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union Minette Batters called them “outrageous”, and stated that the club is reliant on the very sponsorship the coach insulted.
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