• Organisation suggested he change his name to 'Tofu'
• "Going vegan is a hole in one for your health" it suggested
After an incredible few months – during which he won his first European Tour title, finished eighth in the Open and was a star attraction in the PGA Championship – it seems everybody loves a bit of Andrew 'Beef' Johnston.
Everybody, that is, except PETA UK.
The charity, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to give it its full name, wrote to the Spanish Open champ and new cult golfing icon asking him to consider ditching his trademark nickname – and replace it with ‘TOFU’, instead.
Don’t believe us? Here’s the letter…
“Congratulations on all your success this year! Like many others, we’ve been enthusiastically following your career, and we thought we’d send you a gift of delicious vegan steaks and burgers in the hope that you’ll consider adopting a kinder, healthier vegan lifestyle, which would pave the way for a new nickname: Andrew “Tofu” Johnston.
“Along with tofu, veggie burgers and soy steaks are readily available, high in protein, and low in artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol.
“By ditching beef and other animal-derived foods, you could reduce your risk of developing heart disease by a long shot (actually, by a whopping 32 per cent, according to a study from the University of Oxford).
“And if that’s not enough, consider that vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.
"Replacing beef burgers with bean burgers would save many animals a year"
“Just think how many more championships you could win during that time. Replacing beef burgers with bean burgers would also save many animals a year from the routine cruelty of the meat industry.
“Your new nickname would also raise awareness of the urgent need to move towards a cruelty-free lifestyle to offset the worst effects of climate change.
“According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.
“I hope you’ll agree that going vegan is a hole in one for your health, animals, and the environment.”
An ‘A’ for effort but, sadly for PETA, ‘Beef’ tweeted that has no plans to change his name anytime soon.
Better luck next time, PETA!
Andrew 'Beef' Johnston: Should he change his name?
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