May 05, 2006

The wrath of the veggies

From this week's Times Higher comes the salutory tale of the man who wrote an essay called Why vegetarians should be force-fed lard. So far, so drolly humorous, you might (or might not) think, but what makes it more interesting is that this essay was housed on the web server of the University of Newcastle. One can only begin to imagine the joy felt by their IT department, therefore, when angry vegetarians from around the country began contacting them demanding the removal of this piece. The THES says:–

Their arguments were initially rejected by Quentin Campbell, acting for the University's Information Systems and Services. His phone number was then published on the vegetarians' website with a suggestion that he should be pestered.

The same person who suggested Operation Pester–cide also invited fellow veggies to call the Sun newspaper to generate bad publicity for the university.

Faced with the wrath of the veggies, Newcastle University apparently conceded defeat and removed the offending pages. The stick, it seems, is mightier (and tastier?) than the carrot.

- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Chris May

    Irksome. Fortunately, google's cache is largely stick–proof :–)

    06 May 2006, 13:47

  2. Richard Lockwood

    The original essay, and Nik Lloyd's take on it in an email he circulated this morning can be found on my 'blog at

    A direct link to the story is:

    The essay is at:

    I'd just like to urge anyone with an interest in freedom of speech and a loathing of threats and blackmail to contact Newcastle University via their feedback form at:
    and let them know your views on this disgusting and cowardly action.

    11 May 2006, 15:25

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