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Vegan Options Should Be Required in Schools and Hospitals, Says Petition Committee

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At least one vegan option should be required in schools, hospitals, and other public sector institutes, according to the Welsh Petitions Committee.

The Welsh Committee recently discussed a petition created by vegan organization The Vegan Society as part of its Catering for Everyone campaign that calls for “tasty and nutritious vegan food” for everyone, especially in public sector institutes.

“Vegans reliant on others to cook for them whilst at school, in hospital, or in any of our other public services, should be served tasty and nutritious vegan food,” said The Vegan Society.

“We want to see good vegan options for everyone, every day, across the public sector.”

More than 1,100 people already signed the Welsh petition, including former Minister of Wales Carwyyn Jones AM and Dirty Vegan host Matthew Pritchard.

According to The Vegan Society, the Committee did not clarify whether the vegan options must be available “by special request” or included in “standard menus.”

However, the Committee has agreed to ask health and education ministers what assessment or research has been conducted regarding the availability of vegan options in the public sector.

“We are pleased to see broad support for the petition’s aims from the Petitions Committee along with acknowledgement that food served in the public sector should reflect the growth of veganism,” a spokesperson for The Vegan Society told Plant Based News.

“We are looking forward to further progress when the petition is next discussed by the Committee.”

The Westminster petition is still ongoing at the UK Government and Parliament website. Once it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

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Roxanne Libatique

Written by Roxanne Libatique

Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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