Vegan actress Evanna Lynch, known for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series – encourages King Charles III to honor his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II, by turning his royal animal farm into a sanctuary.
Windsor Dairy Farm, originally designed by Prince Albert, is home to nearly 200 Jersey cows whose milk, in part, is sold to produce Windsor Castle ice cream. Additionally, according to Dairy Herd Management, the late Queen’s royal estate also includes a herd of Sussex cows raised for meat, 140 breeding pigs and more than 1,000 hens on 2,000 acres of grassland that feed farm animals. .
The Windsor Farm Shop sells meat from animals that lived on the royal estate.
Creation of a royal farm animal sanctuary
Animal welfare organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) believe that due to the abundance of land and resources at the Royal Farm, it could easily be converted into a place of sanctuary where cows, pigs and queen hens could live long and naturally.
And, most importantly, a farm animal sanctuary would make a statement of compassion around the world by honoring both animals and Queen Elizabeth’s affection for animals.
Alternatively, the IDA says the UK is home to various sanctuaries which have programs in place to provide refuge for farm animals in need, so resources could be made available to the Royal Family if she decides it would be best to send her animals to an established sanctuary. .
“We are thrilled that Evanna Lynch is one of more than 14,000 supporters of In Defense of Animals who respectfully support this cause. Queen Elizabeth II was well known as an animal lover,” Erin Dobrzyn, Farm Animal Campaigner for IDA, said in a statement.
“In deference to his legacy, we would be honored to support King Charles III, a great climate advocate, in allowing farm animals from royal estates to find refuge,” Dobrzyn said.
The Queen, who died earlier this month, carried out important work to improve the lives of animals during her 70-year reign. She was a dedicated Patron of the Royal Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the UK and Australia.
And in recent years, the Queen decided she would no longer buy animal fur clothing and issued her Royal Assent to ban cruel animal practices like fur farming, the use of wild animals in circuses and dogs in hunting practices.
In 2022, it also delivered its Royal Assent for the Animal Welfare (Sentiment) Act, recognizing animal sentience in law for the first time.
Similarly, in a 2021 BBC interview, King Charles said that for years he had made a conscious effort to leave meat off his plate two days a week and avoid dairy once a week. week to “reduce its impact on the environment”.
Dobrzyn says IDA is ready and willing to help King Charles transform the Royal Farm into a sanctuary for all. “We stand ready to provide resources and connect the royal family with shrines and experts who could help make this potentially historic transition a smooth one,” she said.
Evanna Lynch is a lifelong vegan lawyer
For her part, Lynch – who became a vegan in 2013 – has long promoted veganism and the prevention of animal cruelty. Her first vegan project was a podcast called The ChickPeeps, where she and her vegan co-hosts, actor and fitness enthusiast Robbie Jarvis, spiritual expert Momoko Hill and vegan activist Tylor Starr explored issues and current affairs. vegans, as well as activists and advocates interviewed. they admired.
Lynch is also a co-founder of vegan and cruelty-free beauty subscription box company Kinder Beauty with fellow vegan actress Daniella Monet and has also been involved in campaigns promoting vegan beauty products.
In one campaign, the actress took part in a video where she is shown undergoing mock lab tests where the experimenter applies chemicals to her face and eyes to test for irritation and subjects her to a “toxicity” test. acute”, which is routinely performed on animals that inhale toxic substances until they die.
“If you are not [okay] by doing these tests on animals,” Lynch said in the video, “so maybe you should only buy truly cruelty-free cosmetics.