Pregnant animal rights campaigner targets second Jamie Oliver restaurant with naked protest

RASTRICK woman Lynzi Waddington staged a nearly-naked demonstration today outside a celebrity chef's new restaurant - her second in a week.

Animal rights campaigner Lynzi, who is six and a half months pregnant, climbed into a cage outside Jamie Oliver's Pukka Pasta restaurant in Brighton as part of a protest about the TV star's promotion of British pork.

Last Wednesday she staged a similar stunt in a steel crate, wearing only flesh-coloured underwear, outside Mr Oliver's prestigious Fifteen restaurant in London.

The 24-year-old former Rastrick High School student crouched on all fours in a replica of a pig furrowing crate at the opening of the eatterie in the south coast resort under a banner that said: "Be Pukka to Pigs – Go Vegetarian".

The lunchtime demonstration was organised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals which claims pregnant sows are put into metal stalls barely larger than their own bodies on UK factory farms.

PETA says the pigs are confined this way from a week before they give birth until their babies are approximately four weeks old, which causes such extreme mental distress that the animals often gnaw on the metal bars.

"By squeezing my pregnant body into this crate, I hope to help people envision what conditions are like for sows," said Lynzi, of Oaklands.

"If Jamie Oliver truly loved pigs, he would be joining PETA in asking people not to eat them and go vegetarian."

But Mr Oliver's spokesman said the protesters should target other restaurants as the celebrity chef had long "championed the welfare of pigs" but would not be taking meat off his menus.

"If they want people to go vegetarian then they're protesting in the wrong place," he said. "The meat Jamie is serving up is very high quality.

"They should go make a protest somewhere that imports its meat."

He added that the latest branch of Mr Oliver's Italian, which opens tonight (Monday), offered a number of vegetarian dishes to cater for non-meat eaters.

Mr Oliver's most recent television show was a documentary investigating pig welfare standards, which urged people to buy British pork rather than that produced abroad under poorer conditions.

In Channel 4's Jamie Saves Our Bacon, the chef highlighted factory pig farm conditions in continental Europe, showing the use of sow stalls, where pregnant pigs are kept in cages for up to four months at a time without room to turn.

The stalls are banned in Britain, but sows can be moved to individual crates about a week before they are due to give birth, to prevent the sow crushing her piglets.

Last month Lynzi stripped to her underwear during an animal rights demonstration outside upmarket store Selfridges on Oxford Street, London, in a protest over it selling foie gras, a pate made from duck or goose liver.

She has also been involved in high profile demonstrations over the bull running festival in Pamplona, Spain.