The dining hall painting that’s put university vegans off their dinner
A CAMBRIDGE college has removed a 17th century painting from its dining hall because it offended vegans.
Hughes Hall received complaints from students who said the painting, depicting a pile of dead animals, was putting them off their food.
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.
A source close to the university’s Fitzwilliam Museum, which had loaned out the painting, said yesterday the college wanted to show ‘sensitivity’ to those that ‘do not enjoy eating meat’.
They said there was ‘no agitated situation’ but simply the college had realised it was ‘not the most appropriate’ painting for the hall.
The painting was returned to the museum last year for conservation treatment and now features in an exhibition about the art of 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.’