Sir Paul McCartney and his daughters have co-signed a letter spearheaded by Peta to the education secretary, Gavin Williamson to revise School Food Standards to no longer make it mandatory to serve fish, meat and dairy in schools.
“No one needs to eat meat, so it shouldn’t be mandatory to serve it in schools. It’s time to revise the School Food Standards to help the planet, spare animals, and promote healthy eating,” Sir Paul McCartney said.
Currently in the UK, schools are required to serve a portion of dairy daily and meat at least three times a week. But the letter is requesting to ‘allow schools to be more flexible’ in order to give children more vegan food options.
PETA has stated that “the School Food Standards are so outdated that they don’t even comply with the government’s own nutritional advice to the public – the Eatwell Guide – which recommends that people eat more pulses and reduce their consumption of red and processed meats.”
The letter was also signed by leading members of Peta, Viva! Greenpeace, Animal Aid, Veganuary, Humane Society International UK, the Royal Society for Public Health, Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, and others.