The O2 Arena, the huge venue on the Greenwich Peninsula in southeast London, UK, has gone mostly vegan during the time the American plant-based singer Billed Eilish will be performing in June 2022. The organisers claim that all the food will be vegan, and most of the drinks too. 

02 Arena posted on its website: “Within The O2 arena, together with our catering partner, Levy’s, we have committed to go 100 percent vegan on food throughout the arena for the Billie Eilish residency. This includes a range of vegan food offerings on concessions and the removal of certain items. The majority of drinks on offer will be vegan. This includes Champagne Lanson, beer and soft drinks. We have replaced milk with vegan alternatives.”

The show titled Overheated will bring together activists, designers, and musicians, to discuss the climate crisis and the work they are doing to make a difference. According to a blog post she wrote, Eilish said that she went “vegan” in 2014 after learning about the harsh realities of the dairy and meat industries. She said,  “Once you know that kind of thing and you see it, it’s really hard to go back…I just can’t go on in my life knowing what’s going on in the animal world and like, not doing anything about it.” However, it seems that she is actually plant-based rather than vegan, as it is reported that she still consumes honey, sometimes wears leather shoes, and occasionally rides horses, none of which is allowed within the official definition of veganism, and the guidance of any vegan society. Perhaps one day she will become an ethical vegan, and perhaps one day the O2 Arena may eliminate permanently all animal products from its catering, and not only for a few weeks — the suffering of animals and the planet goes on every single week of the year.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.