Brits could be forced into going Vegan this Christmas as the price of a traditional festive turkey is set to skyrocket, an expert has claimed.
An avian influenza outbreak has seen the government demand that all captive birds and poultry be kept indoors – regardless of whether or not it is a pet or farm animal.
Thousands of birds have been killed so far, including traditional Christmas turkeys.
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This has come at the worst time for the meat industry, and could spark fights in the shopping aisles at the busiest time of the year for the festive favourite.
Chef and food expert Amanda Bootes told the Daily Star: "Turkey prices could now force people to seek other Christmas diner alternatives.
"Many people could potentially go vegan this year as it is a much cheaper option now that turkey prices have skyrocketed."
Speaking to Derbyshire Live, butcher Jack Bradley, a directory of Cleaver Meats in Alvaston said: “The outbreak will force the prices up because they’re having to cull all the birds.
“It’s one of those things that no one can do anything about.
“People will have to accept that the price is going to be more this year and that’s it.”
“Until the time gets nearer to Christmas it is unclear exactly by how much the price for certain poultry will go up, but it’s currently rising every week.”
Mr Bradley added that it is becoming impossible to get Turkey stock in – just seven weeks away from Christmas.
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The price of turkey is also impacted by the cost rising prices of grain.
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Dr Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, said: "We are seeing a growing number of bird flu cases on commercial farms and in backyard birds across the country driven by high levels of disease within wild birds.
“Unfortunately, we expect the number of cases to continue to rise over the coming months as migratory birds return to the UK, bringing with them further risk of disease that can spread into our kept flocks.”
Several supermarkets announced larger vegan Christmas ranges this year than ever before, and budget chain Aldi has even thrown a cheap “vegan turkey roast” into the mix.
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