A petition has been launched in the UK to make vegan food mandatory in public sector locations such as hospitals, schools, prisons, universities and council buildings. The call is for these organisations to offer at least one vegan meal each day
We’re experiencing a huge rise in people choosing to eat plant-based foods, with Veganuary experiencing a record-breaking 2018. The number of vegans in the UK has doubled twice in four years according to the Vegan Society. This of course means that more people are asking for vegan food options in public institutions
Veganism is a protected belief under the Equality Act in England, Scotland and Wales, so it makes sense that organisations which exist to help us learn and keep us safe and healthy offer meals to meet plant-based needs.
The Vegan Society has initiated the petition, and confirms that the UK could soon be the first country in Europe to make it law to provide plant-based food.
The government will respond when 10,000 people have signed the petition and will consider the issue for debate in parliament when there are 100,000 signatures.
Louise Davies, Head of Campaigns, Policy and Research at The Vegan Society, told Plant Based News:
“The Government is responsible for ensuring that our public sector provides for vegans in the UK and the proposed legislation would assist in fulfilling that obligation.”
“Provision for vegans in the public sector is lacking, with hospital patients and school children often going hungry.
“We hope that vegans and non-vegans alike will agree on the importance of our petition and join us in urging institutions to provide healthy and environmentally-friendly vegan food.”
You can sign the petition here