Right wing website National File makes false claim vegans are walking cabbages instead of dogs to cure depression
Social media claims that vegans are walking cabbages instead of dogs has been debunked.
An article from the website ‘National File’ claimed a new trend had emerged where young vegan adults, instead of walking a pet such as a cat or a dog, take cabbages for walks on a leash”.
That article was shared on a Facebook group called Fraser Anning Support Group on February 18, with the poster commenting “No words”.
The poster had shared the post from a group called “Exposing the modern day left”.
According to AAP FactCheck, stories about teenagers walking cabbages as a ‘cure for loneliness’ started to appear in 2014 with The Daily Star, Metro UK and the Huffington Post all reporting on the ‘craze’.
However, AAP found the Facebook post was false and there was “no evidence that vegans were walking cabbages as a method to cure depression.”
The photo used in the post is of people at a 2014 Chinese music festival who were walking cabbages for a performance art piece.
The artist responsible has given interviews confirming the cabbage-walking is something he devised as an artistic statement.
National File quoted a ‘psychiatrist’ named ‘Wen Chao’ as saying “The idea is simple – you feel as lonely and as simple as a cabbage, so you begin to act like one and befriend one.”
An unnamed “vegan student” is quoted by the publication as saying: “It’s a way by which depression and loneliness can be escaped; I feel free, I feel unchained-going for a walk with (the cabbage) makes me feel fully recharged.”
National File describes itself as a ‘bold new media project’ that caters to the ‘New Right’, referring to right-wing political groups.
The phoney report has been shared almost 4000 times and received more than 14,000 comments.