Why does PETA want to rename Pork Pie Roundabout?

The animal rights organization said in a letter to Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby that renaming the roundabout would be “a great way to celebrate the city’s vegan and cake-loving heritage”.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has drawn attention online after Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of Leicester City, made an unusual request regarding the name of a roundabout in South Leicester.

PETA’s proposal to rename the roundabout was partly inspired by a report by De Montfort University Leicester published earlier this year.

The March 2022 report says the latest figures showed that “almost one in five adults aged 19 and over in Leicester is classified as obese” and “31% are overweight”.

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Why does PETA want to change the name of the roundabouts?

PETA has asked Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby to rename the city’s Pork Pie Roundabout the Vegan Pie Roundabout after recent reports that almost one in five adults in Leicester aged 19 is classified as obese.

in the letterPETA says the name change would “inspire healthier food choices that help the environment, celebrate Leicester’s heritage and prevent animal suffering.”

It said: “This is not wishful thinking. A varied, plant-based diet has been shown to prevent heart disease, diabetes, belly fat and cancer.

PETA has suggested that changing the roundabout’s name will help inspire people to make healthier choices (Photo: Adobe Stock)

“Live vegan foods also have lower saturated fat, fewer calories, and lower cholesterol than their meaty counterparts.

“Encouraging people to adopt a plant-based diet could also help ease the strain on Leicester’s already overburdened NHS.”

PETA adds “since the word ‘vegan’ was coined in Leicester by Donald Watson

1944,” a roundabout name change, “would also be a great way to celebrate the city’s vegan and cake-loving heritage.”

Protesters from PETA try to prevent the public from entering the Smithfield 2000 Agricultural Show at Earls Court in London November 27, 2000 (Photo by GERRY PENNY/AFP via Getty Images)

The letter ends by saying: “There has never been a better time to stop going round in circles and solve Leiceter’s dangerous obesity crisis.

“PETA would be delighted to offer the local community a bounty of delicious vegan cakes to celebrate the name change.”

Has Mayor Peter Soulsby responded?

Mayor Peter Soulsby responded to the request by saying there was “no way” the roundabout’s name could be changed.

He said: “[PETAs request is] a hilarious and rather clever way of raising awareness of yourself and your cause – but there’s no way we could change the name people gave to the library and the roundabout next to it.

“It has been known locally as the Pork Pie Library since it was built in the 1930s thanks to its distinctive round shape. Any talk of a name change is just pie in the sky.”

Pork Pie Roundabout takes its name from the nearby Pork Pie Library (Photo: Google Maps)

The pork pie roundabout gets its name from the unusually shaped library that sits between two of its six crossings.

Originally named Southfields Library, it became known locally as the Pork Pie Library because of its shape. The library closed in 2014 and when it reopened in 2015 a consultation was launched to find a name for the renovated building.

As a result, it was officially renamed the Pork Pie Library and Community Center when it reopened.