Coach unapologetically calls out animal exploitation in cricket (and we love him for it)
The Telegraph reports that Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, the vegan coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, is under fire to questioning the animal exploitation practices of his club. From the leather wrapped balls they toss to the dairy sponsorship they endorse, Gillespie is over it.
The outspoken 41-year-old, who has been vegan for three years, was interviewed by The Yorkshire Post. “We treat animals like s**t, we really do,” he told them, launching in to a poetic rant for the record books.
“And in my opinion there’s no justification for that. These slaughterhouses, dairies and piggeries, zoos. It’s cruel and it’s speciesism at its very worst and I don’t want to be part of it. Hopefully one day the dairy industry can be shut down. I think it’s disgusting and wrong on so many levels. Slaughterhouses too. There are a lot of things we say in this world that are bulls**t. ‘Humane slaughter.’ Nobody’s been able to explain that to me. How is killing humane?”
Well, Wensleydale Creamery, whose logo is on the county’s shirts, and the beef farmers from the National Farmers’ Union are feeling pretty grumpy for being called out. They’re now attempting to defend the welfare of the animals they work with, in true exploitative fashion. Minette Batters, the deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union and a beef farmer, was even quoted saying “”Milk is a staple of human life. In order to survive in the early months and years you are wholly reliant on dairy products that is how the human has evolved.” So, y’know…Gillespie isn’t going up against a lot of reason or fact.
The years Gillespie was a player and not a coach, he was credited with being a terrifyingly fast bowler. We like that he’s adding fast-talking, badass vegan to his claim to fame, too.
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