PETA hopes to turn Beef's nickname into 'Tofu'


Since winning the Open de Espana, Andrew "Beef" Johnston has gained sudden celebrity in the golf world. Now he's caught PETA's attention, too.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in the United Kingdom (PETA U.K.) said in a release Tuesday that it's sent a package of tofu steaks and soy sausages to Beef in the "hopes the delicious meat-free fare will inspire him to adopt a kinder, healthier vegan lifestyle and a new nickname: Andrew 'Tofu' Johnston."

In the release, PETA U.K. notes that a "growing number of top athletes - including boxer David Haye, tennis champ Novak Djokovic, and ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll - have stopped eating animal-derived foods."

The organization's hope is that Beef - who recently took down a 32-ounce steak in the company of our own Will Gray, and who just signed a sponsorship agreement with Arby's, a fast-food establishment whose motto is literally, "We have the meats" - will take this message to (better) heart (health) and change his ways.

The tofu and soy sampler sent to Johnston was accompanied by the following letter:

Dear Andrew,

Congratulations on all your success this year! Like many others, we’ve been enthusiastically following your career, and we thought we’d send you a gift of delicious vegan steaks and burgers in the hope that you’ll consider adopting a kinder, healthier vegan lifestyle, which would pave the way for a new nickname: Andrew “Tofu” Johnston.

Along with tofu, veggie burgers and soya steaks are readily available, high in protein, and low in artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol. By ditching beef and other animal-derived foods, you could reduce your risk of developing heart disease by a long shot (actually, by a whopping 32 per cent, according to a study from the University of Oxford). And if that’s not enough, consider that vegetarians and vegans live, on average, six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters do. Just think how many more championships you could win during that time. Replacing beef burgers with bean burgers would also save many animals a year from the routine cruelty of the meat industry – including painful mutilations such as branding and castration without anaesthetics.

Your new nickname would also raise awareness of the urgent need to move towards a cruelty-free lifestyle to offset the worst effects of climate change. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”.

I hope you’ll agree that going vegan is a hole in one for your health, animals, and the environment.


Kate Smith

PETA U.K. Celebrity Liaison 

Following an eigth-place finish at The Open, Johnston tied for 60th at the PGA Championship, further endearing himself to American audiences in the process.

Though he received sponsor exemptions to both the John Deere Classic and the Wyndham Championship, he will instead return to Europe in order to focus on the Race to Dubai.