The din­ing hall paint­ing that’s put univer­sity ve­gans off their din­ner

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Eleanor Hard­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Ed­i­tor

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.’

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