This Friday, students affected by COVID-19 at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland will receive free vegan sweet potato and lentil hand pies. The students will be treated to the vegan pies thanks to a campaign organized by animal-rights groups Vegan Outreach Scotland and Million Dollar Vegan, and backed by vegan Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming. Volunteers delivering the pies will also educate students on the link between animal agriculture and climate change. 

“The consequences of trashing the natural world are already around us: Climate change, deforestation, species loss, pandemics,” Cumming said. “We have the power to change this, to protect the Earth and ourselves. And we can start right now, simply by changing the way we eat.”

Cumming often uses his fame to promote veganism. In 2016, the actor wrote a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Dairy Queen CEO John P. Gainor urging the chain to add a vegan ice cream option and subsequently became the face of PETA’s “Not a Dairy Queen” campaign. After four years of campaigning, Cumming was one of the first to receive a box of Dairy Queen’s new vegan Dilly Bars—which feature coconut milk-based ice cream enrobed in vegan chocolate—this May.

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