Yorkshire County Cricket Club boss Jason Gillespie says he hopes the dairy industry will be shut down, calling the industry “disgusting and wrong on so many levels”.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Yorkshire Post the Australian outlines his reasoning for turning vegan and his thoughts on how society treats animals.
He said the lifestyle change was initially for health reasons following the sudden death of his father but has now “made me look at all aspects of my life. Things like clothing, for instance. I’ll go to the St Gemma’s Hospice shop if I need a new shirt.
“That money goes to charity, I get a recycled shirt and I know someone’s not in a sweatshop getting 10 cents an hour to allow me to wear a T-shirt with a logo on it.
“These slaughterhouses, dairies and piggeries, zoos. It’s cruel and it’s speciesism (the idea humans have greater moral rights than animals) at its very worst and I don’t want to be part of it.
“Hopefully one day the dairy industry can be shut down. I think it’s disgusting and wrong on so many levels.”
Gillespie’s views will offer food for thought as the Yorkshire players’ shirts feature the logo of cheese firm The Wensleydale Creamery.
“Yes, they are a sponsor,” he says. “But it doesn’t mean I agree with what they do. It’s out of my control. There’s nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in.”