Vegans demand animal free meals in schools and hospitals

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The Vegan Society is calling on MSPs to create a new law to ensure plant-based meal choices are always on public sector menus

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6th December 2018 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Vegans are demanding that animal-free options should be guaranteed on the menu at every school and hospital in Scotland.

The Vegan Society is calling on MSPs to create a new law to ensure plant-based meal choices are always on public sector menus.

It claims vegan patients are having to rely on friends and families to bring animal-free meals in to hospitals.

Barbara Bolton, of campaign group Go Vegan Scotland, said there was still a perception that "vegans are affluent and are eating avocados every day".

She added: "Unfortunately there is very little awareness of the rights of vegans. We have a right to live in a way that avoids using or killing animals."

Mark Banahan, of The Vegan Society - which submitted its call for the new law to Holyrood's public petitions committee along with Go Vegan Scotland - pointed to an Oxford University study which claims eating a vegan diet is the biggest single way that a person can help the environment.

Brian Whittle MSP questioned at what age schoolchildren should have access to vegan school meals, while his Tory colleague Rachael Hamilton asked what the cost would be for public sector bodies which already have to cater to a range of needs, such as gluten-free, kosher and halal.

Committee convenor and Labour MSP Johann Lamont said she would now write to public sector food providers to get a fuller picture of what vegan options are currently provided.

She said: "It feels odd to me that you can go into a big chain restaurant on the High Street and be given very detailed vegan options but then you go into a hospital and be told we don't do that."