Cambridge college removes 17th-century painting that upset vegans

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The Fowl Market, from the studio of Flemish artist Frans Snyders, features a striking collection of animals, including a boar and deer, caged hens and game birds strung up on hooks. The image is pictured here in its new home in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Leftist thought police continue to rule the roost at universities, and it’s as much of a problem in the UK as in the U.S.A.

When they don’t like something they see, it isn’t enough to look away. They need to be sure, Taliban-style, that no one else can look at it either.

The latest skirmish in the war against all things classic and historical came at Cambridge University in England, where a 17th-century painting depicting dead game animals in a market stall was removed from a dining hall … because it offended vegans.

Hughes Hall got complaints from students who said the historic painting was making them unable to eat, the Daily Mail reports.

The painting The Fowl Market, from the studio of Flemish artist Frans Snyders, pictures a heap of animals, including a wild boar and a deer, along with caged chickens and dead game birds hanging on hooks. It had been on long-term loan from a university museum.

A source at the university museum that loaned out the painting said the college wanted to show “sensitivity” to those that “do not enjoy eating meat,” and who are apparently more important and delicate than other people.

The painting was returned to the museum last year for conservation treatment and is now part of an exhibition about art and food.

A museum spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “Some diners felt unable to eat because it was on the wall. People who don’t eat meat found it slightly repulsive. They asked for it to come down.”

‘This exhibition makes the points that the debate about vegetarianism, about veganism, is nothing new. It dates back to the 1500s.’ Earlier this year, Goldsmiths College in London announced it would be removing all beef products from sale in response to global warming. Two years ago Pembroke College, Cambridge said it would review its menus after students complained “world cuisine” dishes were “cultural appropriation” and offensive.

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