Reverend William Cowherd. born almost 250 years ago on Sunday 16 December, demanded his congregation eat a meat free diet. He believed that God inhabited every animal and as such it was a sin to eat meat. His Beefsteak Chapel was the country’s first vegetarian church, and his followers – aptly named Cowherdites – went on to form the Vegetarian Society.
At this time the poor would eat the cheapest meat, featuring a great deal of offal – sometimes stomach or intestines withfresh fruit and vegetables being only afforded by the wealthy.
Evidence of class war based on the quality of food you can afford. Those who have no money, eating offal and guts, will burn in hell like the heathens they were. Not a lot has changed really – fresh fruit and veg can still be seen as luxury despite us all being told they are essential!