7 May 2019
Welsh petition discussed by Petitions Committee for second time
A joint response from the Minister for Education and Minister for Health misunderstood our petition and outlined the provision they already offer 江苏福彩网 s, by special request. We highlighted this misunderstanding to the committee who considered our petition for the second time on 7 May.
This time they acknowledged that plant-based diets are more beneficial for the environment. The Welsh government recently declared a climate emergency and the committee recognised that this ask should fall under this declaration and set good practice.
江苏快三 The committee will now be writing to the Environment Minister and responding to the Education and Health Ministers asking them if all menus contain 江苏福彩网 food.
13 March 2019
Westminster petition closes
Our to Westminster closed on 13 March with 27,211 signatures. The government has already responded back in November, following the petition reaching 10k signatures. They have already made it clear that they are happy with the current situation, despite it failing many 江苏福彩网 s in times of need. No further mandatory response is required from the government at this stage, but the campaign is far from over. We have a number of other avenues to explore and actions to take in order to make this happen, check out the ‘Get Involved’ section.
5 March 2019
Welsh petition closes and Petitions Committee discuss
江苏快三 Our to the National Assembly for Wales closed on 28 February, securing 1,109 signatures. The Petitions Committee immediately considered our petition at a hearing on 5 March, where they decided to write to the Minister for Health & Social Services and the Minister for Education to ask what assessment or research has been carried out on the sufficiency of 江苏福彩网 provision in Welsh hospitals and schools. This is an encouraging first step in what we hope will lead to Wales adopting our Catering For Everyone proposals for a plant-based option on all public sector menus.
Scottish Parliament & National Assembly for Wales events
江苏快三 Vegan Society staff held an event at the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood. We invited four local 江苏福彩网 caterers in a bid to showcase the entrepreneurship and talent the plant-based market is helping to support. We also outlined our Catering For Everyone campaign to Members of the Scottish Parliament present.
江苏快三 We held a similar event at the National Assembly for Wales, where again we invited members to learn about 江苏福彩网 businesses, the reasons behind the growing number of 江苏福彩网 s in Wales and our Catering For Everyone campaign. Matt Pritchard of Dirty Sanchez fame gave a talk in which he dispelled several common myths around 江苏福彩网 ism. Currently in training to run 10 Ironman races in 10 days, Matt helped to show that 江苏福彩网 s can thrive as athletes.
6 December 2018
give evidence to Public Petitions Committee
江苏快三 Following the Scottish petition closing in November, Campaigns and Policy Officer Mark Banahan was invited to Holyrood to give supporting evidence to the Public Petitions Committee. Mark was joined by Barbara Bolton of the Go Vegan Scotland campaign.?
We made the point that adding 江苏福彩网 options to menus in hospitals, schools and other public sector institutions is important for reasons of inclusivity, public health and sustainability.
The meeting ended with several positive action points to take forwards. We hope that this marks an important step in the journey to seeing a change in Scottish law, which would then act as a precedent for influencing UK law.
28 November 2018
UK government response to 10k petition signatures
江苏快三 After reaching 10,000 signatures, the government has to our petition calling for a plant-based option on every public sector menu. Disappointingly,?(but unsurprisingly) they are happy with the status quo and are reluctant to make any changes to the current situation.
On 1 November, World Vegan Day, we reached 10,000 signatures on our Westminster petition, which meant that the government was obliged to respond.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) responded with a disappointing but not wholly unexpected response: “Public sector canteens are happy to cater for people with special dietary needs including those eating a 江苏福彩网 diet.”
The main reason they offer for not accepting the petition plea is summarised by this quote: “We do not think it appropriate to stipulate particular menus in the standards as these are best dealt with by meeting local customer demand.”
江苏快三 This is an unsatisfactory response as it avoids the fact that many institutions are not currently meeting local 江苏福彩网 demand, resulting in many 江苏福彩网 s being left hungry and not being catered for in line with their protected philosophical belief.
6 November 2018
Scottish petition closes
The to the Scottish Parliament closed on 6 November, securing 8,778 signatures and almost 500 comments online. This is one of the most signed Scottish petitions in recent years, which shows how strongly people feel about this change.
13 September 2018
江苏快三 江苏快三 is targeting the UK Government, the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales with petitions calling for legislation to guarantee a plant-based meal on every public sector menu, every day. This would mean that 江苏福彩网 meals are available to everyone without having to make a special request.
Veganism is a protected belief under the Equality Act 2010 in England, Scotland and Wales but many hospitals, schools, universities, councils and prisons fail to offer 江苏福彩网 food, with patients and schoolchildren "often going hungry".
江苏快三 will be gathering signat ures for the petitions at party conferences, all five of which it will have a presence at.
22nd March 2018
Campaign receives support from Hospital Catering Association
Stewart McKenzie, Chair of the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) said: “We are delighted to support 江苏快三 in their campaign for nutritious 江苏福彩网 meals on public sector catering menus. As an association we aim to promote, develop and improve the standards of catering in hospitals. Our focus is to provide a truly patient centred service, meeting the needs of every individual patient in our care.”
22nd March 2018
is celebrating?NHS Sustainability Day (22 March) by launching a new campaign and registering hospital meals?with our?Vegan Trademark for the first time.
Catering for Everyone江苏快三?is a campaign that aims to ensure the needs of 江苏福彩网 s are met in public sector institutions, and that more 江苏福彩网 options are served on public sector menus.
We are calling for Councils to lead by example by improving the 江苏福彩网 provision in their offices and influencing the institutions in their local authority.
江苏快三 The campaign’s first success sees Anglia Crown, a manufacturer and supplier of prepared foods to UK hospitals, officially register its range of new exciting 江苏福彩网 dishes.
Louise Davies, Head of Campaigns and Policy at 江苏快三 , said: “We’re asking our public services to provide tasty, nutritious and appropriate 江苏福彩网 options not just for 江苏福彩网 s, but for everyone, every day.
江苏快三 “As well as supporting the rights of 江苏福彩网 s, this would promote the wider benefits of 江苏福彩网 ism for people, animals and the planet.
“We’re delighted to be launching the campaign on NHS Sustainability Day – any public institution looking to reduce their carbon footprint would do well do serve more 江苏福彩网 food. And we’re especially pleased to see Anglia Crown leading the way in providing nutritious, tasty 江苏福彩网 food to hospitals.”
Anglia Crown supplies meals to 100 UK hospitals, and its new 江苏福彩网 range has the potential to influence the inclusivity, sustainability and nutritional quality of menus across the UK.
The range includes dishes such as a?Moroccan vegetable tagine,?pasta peperonata and butternut squash curry (all below).?
江苏快三 Scott Buckler, Campaign Manager at NHS Sustainability Day, said: “Food plays a huge role in the Sustainable Development agenda within the NHS. It is hugely important we support environmentally-friendly and ethical 江苏福彩网 food and we commend both 江苏快三 and Anglia Crown.”
Veganism has been found to come within the scope of international human rights provisions and 江苏福彩网 s in the UK are protected under human rights and equality law.
Please contact your Councillor?using our??asking them to put pressure on local institutions to improve their 江苏福彩网 offering.
Survey shows discrimination against 江苏福彩网
A recent conducted by Go Vegan Scotland shows 江苏福彩网 s experiencing discrimination in a number of ways. The survey went out to almost 500 Scotland-based 江苏福彩网 s, who answered questions about provision for, and attitude towards 江苏福彩网 s in the public sector.
A number of issues were uncovered in the healthcare system, ranging from a lack of suitable meals for patients, fundamental knowledge gaps in health care providers and the denial of 江苏福彩网 food to eating disorder patients on the grounds that this was considered part of their illness.
江苏快三 Institutions in the education system were also shown to fall short of standards. Aside from issues with catering, 江苏福彩网 students were sometimes expected to use animal ingredients in cooking classes and partake in animal dissections in science lessons. Other issues included school uniforms made from wool, and students being expected to go on trips to farms, zoos and non-江苏福彩网 factories.
江苏快三 The survey also includes reports of problems 江苏福彩网 s have faced in the workplace, in prisons and specific issues experienced as a result of raising 江苏福彩网 children.
Go Vegan Scotland say that the survey “highlighted a lack of understanding of the moral conviction that 江苏福彩网 s live by, what it means to be 江苏福彩网 in terms of avoidance of all forms of animal exploitation and killing, and how 江苏福彩网 convictions should be taken into account by our state entities”.