The School Food Regulations 2014 create requirements for schools to provide portions of certain foods, but do not specifically require schools to provide a vegan option. This should be amended to require schools provide the option of a nutritionally balanced, hot vegan meal on a daily basis.
To quote Laura Chepner, Chair of the Vegan Society’s Education Network: “The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on educators not to discriminate against vegan children and students. Currently the Government only asks that schools make ‘reasonable choices’ when deciding whether to cater for vegans in their care. Those who choose not to are discriminating and it is about time that the grey area became black and white. Vegan options in 2022 should not be optional.”
We call on Oxfam, World Vision, Heifer International, Christian Aid, Child Fund, Plan Canada, Lutheran World Relief, Tearfund and others, to end animal gifting programs and implement plant-based projects to alleviate poverty and create long term sustainable solutions for the climate.
Donors who buy animal gift cards from development aid charities do so in good faith that they are gifting something really special for someone really special in their lives. But do they realise the true cost of this gift?
Animal gifting adds to the devastating domino effect of events that are correlated with exacerbating the climate and ocean crisis. It leads to a plethora of unintended negative consequences including forest fires, extreme weather, flooding, disease outbreaks such as bird flu, health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, slaughterhouses in the community, and even childhood trauma.
In July 2021, Animal Save India visited the eastern state of Odisha to witness the disastrous impact of Hatching Hope, a colossal chicken gifting collaboration between Heifer International and multinational animal feed and slaughterhouse giant, Cargill. They are aiming to create 60 million backyard chicken operations in India by 2030. Many in the tribal communities are unhappy with the consequences of Hatching Hope, particularly due to recent bird flu outbreaks in the region, extra mouths to feed and youths denied the chance to go to college because they have to farm chickens.
5 Reason to Stop Animal Gifting:
You could be gifting diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
You could be gifting a forest fire, bird flu outbreak or childhood trauma.
Every animal gift contributes to the methane emergency which is accelerating global temperature rises.
Animal agriculture contaminates our water, acidifies the soil and pollutes the air we breathe.
According to Greenpeace, 80% of global deforestation is caused by farming animals or growing crops to feed them.
We call on development aid charities to be part of the solution in avoiding a climate catastrophe by implementing plant-based food solutions. Climate-friendly plant-based solutions, such as the Plant Based Treaty, are essential to alleviating poverty in countries and regions that need support and creating a livable planet for all.
We call on all development aid charities and corporation to stop animal gifting now.
Animal Aid had to use the Freedom of Information Act to uncover the facts about horse slaughter in the UK. We discovered that in 2019 more than two thousand equines were killed for their meat in this country.
Astoundingly, when we asked the government the same question – it said: “We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.”
We are demanding that the government takes action on horse slaughter, by limiting the number of horses bred each year. This will mean fewer horses end up as ‘surplus’ or unwanted – and fewer horses will end their lives at an abattoir.
“Despite scientific evidence that the badger cull may actually be INCREASING instances of bovine tuberculosis, the government has announced a geographical extension of the cull in autumn 2019. Please listen to the scientists, stop the cull & adopt alternative humane options to culling.”
On Saturday 10th August members of 3 Valley Vegans attended a rally in Bradford, the headquarters of Yorkshire Water, to urge the company to pull the plug on grouse shooting. Despite the rain it was an inspiring day. Why? Because the public are waking up to the horror that is grouse shooting.
An estimated 700,000 grouse are shot every year in Britain for ‘sport’. Grouse live on moorland and during a ‘shoot’ they are frightened by beaters who drive them towards men who shoot them. Many birds won’t be killed straight away and suffer a frightening and painful death. All so that very rich people (shoots often cost over a £5000 a day to participate in) can kill birds for fun.
Birds of prey and other animals such as badgers, stoats and weasels are also killed by snaring, poisoning and trapping. This is done by gamekeepers in order to reduce the number of young grouse killed before the shooting season starts.
Maintaining the moors for grouse shooting involves considerable environmental damage. Burning heather for instance alters the flow of water off the hills and contributes to flooding – something we know a lot about here in Calderdale. Burning also dries out the peat on the moorland resulting in increased losses of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere; at a time when we need to be storing more carbon in the soil if we want to reduce the effects of climate change.
Some say that grouse shooting brings money into an area but the evidence is clear: driven grouse shooting is a burden on the public purse (Sheffield Hallam University and Cormack Economics).
Yorkshire Water is a large land owner and they lease out 13 different moorland areas for grouse shooting. The money you pay to Yorkshire Water goes to fund this slaughter. Many people have contacted Yorkshire Water asking them to stop and demonstrations have taken place across the county.
“Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery (Wild Justice) believe that intensive grouse shooting is bad for people, the environment and wildlife. People; grouse shooting is economically insignificant when contrasted with other real and potential uses of the UK’s uplands.”