Warning: This post contains minor spoilers from the new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Probably the last thing anyone expected from Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a treatise on animal rights. But according to one commentator writing on the website of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the movie not only has powerful animal liberation themes, but features a "vegan epiphany" experienced by one of the film franchise's most iconic characters, Chewbacca.
But before we address Chewbacca's apparent conversion to veganism, let's talk about the place of creatures in the new Star Wars film overall. In its review of The Last Jedi, Variety discussed animal rights as part of the film's underlying political agenda. Writer Peter Debruge made a sly connection between what he sees as the movie's respect of animals while still exploiting their cuteness for commercial uses.
"... the movie's political agenda, which disapproves of arms trafficking, regardless of which side the gunrunners are serving, and argues for the respect of all creatures (who should not be eaten, abused or raced for sport, but instead collected wherever fine toys are sold)."
And then there are the Porgs, and that's where we get to Chewbacca and his apparent distaste at eating meat.