X-Men star Alan Cumming branded ‘ridiculous’ after demanding vegan-only menus at COP26 summit in Glasgow

X-MEN star Alan Cumming sparked fury by demanding vegan-only menus at the COP26 climate summit.

The Scots actor, 56, called serving animal-based food “irresponsible”.

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Alan Cumming blasts COP26 bosses for plans to serve meatCredit: Getty
The star demanded vegan-only menus at the summit

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The star demanded vegan-only menus at the summitCredit: Getty

But Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton said: “He’s seeking to blame meat eaters for all our ills.”

The vegan star was branded “ridiculous” after claiming serving meat at an eco event was like off­ering booze to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.


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Addiction experts and farming chiefs hit out at the Hollywood actor over his “cack-handed” comparison.

It came as he urged organisers to remove animal-based products from menus during November’s COP26 conference in Glasgow.

But Annemarie Ward, from addiction charity Favor UK, said tonight: “He’s trying to insert a moral value over eating meat on the evolution on the planet.

“But people are suffering from an illness by the time they get to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Cumming wrote to event bosses

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Cumming wrote to event bossesCredit: Getty
Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton hit out at the Hollywood star

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Tory MSP Rachael Hamilton hit out at the Hollywood starCredit: Alamy

“They are physically, spiritually and mentally unwell.

“It’s not an illness to eat meat. I think it’s a ridiculous, cack-handed comparison. He’s comparing apples with oranges.”

Cumming, from Aberfeldy, Perthshire, made the remark in a letter to COP26 president and Tory MP Alok Sharma.

The X-Men star, who lives with hubby Grant Shafer in New York State, hailed Glasgow as one of the world’s most vegan-friendly cities, which made a dairy-free menu for the event “all the more exciting”.

Annemarie Ward, from addiction charity Favor UK, was also critical

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Annemarie Ward, from addiction charity Favor UK, was also critical

And he cited UN studies that showed “killing animals for food is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, water pollution, species extinction and habitat destruction”.

Writing for animal rights group PETA, Cumming added: “Given that animal agriculture contributes to many of the serious environmental problems the planet is facing, I hope you’ll agree that serving meat while trying to fight climate change is like serving beer at an Alcoholics Ano­ny­mous meeting. It’s irresponsible and unhelpful.

“If the goal of COP26 is to protect the planet — as well as promote compassionate, responsible behaviour — animal-derived foods have no place on the menu.”

Tory shadow Rural Affairs Secretary Rachael Hamilton accused the SNP supporter of “shamefully jumping on the bandwagon to blame farmers and people eating meat for all our ills”.

 

She said: “The last thing farmers need is an actor trying to do harm to the industry.”

Martin Kennedy, president of the National Farmers Union Scotland, insisted the event could showcase our “fantastic” produce.

PETA said more than 55,000 backed the menu call. The group claim “widespread” adoption of a vegan diet could cut carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2050.

A COP26 spokesman said they were working to create “reasonably-priced, sustainable menus” for 120 world leaders and 30,000 delegates at the SEC.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “One of the ways we can all play our part in tackling climate change is by making healthy, sustainable food choices.”

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