An Australian MP has been spotted eating seafood alone. Nothing spectacular, however this is an animal rights activist, the only MP for the Animal Justice Party (AJP), and claims to be almost completely vegan! This animal rights MP, Mark Pearson, has understandably faced a large amount of backlash.
His political party advocates for people to follow a plant based diet, yet he has been spotted eating oysters, snapper and sashimi.
Although he isn’t 100% vegan, this is a huge blow for both him and his party. Not only does it cause a lack of respect for Mark Pearson among potential voters, it also paints his party in a negative way. Although those who vote for his party are not all vegan, this portrays the party as inconsistent in its views. How can they promote one lifestyle yet have their only MP regularly eat fish?
Mr Pearson has claimed that he has ‘strayed’, however this is hardly good enough. He now seems flaky and shallow, posting anti fishing posts on his Facebook and regularly eating fish.
The only way for Mark Pearson to get back from this is to now stay consistent in his policies and personal life. As the only MP for the party, he has an extremely large responsibility. He needs to be a strong MP, and a strong presence within the vegan/plant based community.
He has been labelled a traitor, a hypocrite, and has been condemned as well as supported. He has claimed;
“the main constituents of the party are not vegans or vegetarians… we did not get elected by the vegan community,”
Although this is true, by being the only MP he needs to be as true to the ideas of animal rights as possible. He cannot be half hearted with his efforts, nor can he continue this obsession with seafood. An animal rights MP cannot eat fish.