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Angry Vegan Sets Twitter Alight As She Clashes With "Smug" Maajid
3 February 2019, 15:00 | Updated: 3 February 2019, 15:04
Vegan Sarah became so wound up on the topic of vegan energy that she ended up turning on Maajid.
For vegans, even electricity and gas are becoming morally repulsive after revelations that most of Britain’s biggest energy companies use animal by-products to generate power.
The Vegan Society has found that many energy suppliers, including British Gas and Good Energy, increasingly buy power generated by anaerobic digesters which can convert farm slurry, animal-based food waste and slaughterhouse by-products into methane used to generate power.
“Electricity generated from animal products may be green but it cannot be vegan,” said the Vegan Society, which has confirmed Ecotricity as the UK’s only vegan energy company.
One caller, Sarah, who has been a vegan for 30 years phoned Maajid to express her shock at the revelation. In fact, she quickly became so passionate on the subject that the call suddenly changed tone.
What started as a friendly encounter between Sarah and Maajid quickly turned into one of conflict as Sarah began shouting down the phone and referring to Maajid as "smug".
Maajid seemed visibly shocked and confused as he struggled to get a word in edge ways. At times, he seemed not to know what to do other than laugh.
The call prompted many LBC listeners to tweet messages of both support and disdain for Sarah.
Some listeners seemed to take Sarah's call in good humour...
Other listeners however were left unimpressed, even defiant, in response to Sarah's call...
@LBC @MaajidNawaz Sarah on the radio now has convinced me. Her aggressive, intolerant #vegan attitude has helped me decide on what I am eating for lunch. And it is chicken. Tomorrow will be duck & certainly a steak later this week. Want nothing to do with people like her.— Andy Hemsted (@andyhemsted) February 3, 2019
Maajid ended the call by kindly requesting that future callers, including vegans, resist from calling him up to simply shout down the phone, and rather that they can have a civil conversation.