'I'M STARVING': Piers Morgan feasts on Big Mac live as shocked animal rights activist looks on
Slamming their 'rank hypocrisy', Morgan grilled Animal Rebellion's Orla Coghlan on the environmental impacts of veganism
LONDON, UK: Piers Morgan devoured a Big Mac at the end of an argument with an animal rights activist on his talk show on Wednesday, September 7. The outspoken TalkTV host had been interviewing Orla Coghlan from the group Animal Rebellion when the pair got into a heated debate about what Morgan called vegan "hypocrisy." A delivery man subsequently brought a hamburger and fries for the presenter to gorge on.
On Wednesday night’s 'Piers Morgan Uncensored' on TalkTV, the host grilled Orla about what he considers vegan double standards on the environmental impact of eating meat, compared to eating certain exotic vegetables.
Bringing up a picture of a bee on the screen, Piers asked Orla, "Is one of these things an animal?" He then asked, "If a bee is an animal, why are you slaughtering them?" He then slammed what he called "rank hypocrisy" from vegans. "I meet so many vegans who devour avocados and almonds," he said. "And don't seem to realize that it involves the slaughter of billions of bees."
Morgan's tirade was in reference to the fact that avocado farming often involves the use of pesticides that are deadly to bees. Besides, the tropical fruit - beloved by millennials - often have to be shipped or flown from the US or South America into the UK. The process results in massive levels of CO2 production. In addition, the farming of avocados and almonds is highly water-intensive and takes an environmental toll.
In response to Morgan's attack, Orla hit back arguing that "both avocados and almonds are less damaging to the planet". But Piers replied, "What about how they get flown here from California?" Orla claimed that both are "still less damaging" to the planet than eating meat.
Suddenly, Piers changed tack. "Anyway, look, I'm starving," he said. "And you're not going to persuade me." A delivery rider then walked onscreen carrying a McDonald's delivery bag. "My response to you destroying all these things is to have a Big Mac," Piers said.
"Because you know what, it's a free country, it's a democracy, and I'm allowed to eat meat, and I'm certainly allowed to eat meat when someone who kills bees to feed their avocados minds," he added, biting into the burger.