In March 2024, Cambridge University’s Students’ Union (SU) in Cambridge, England, voted to make its catering serve fully plant-based food in all of its internal operations, and at all events and meetings.

The motion passed argued that fully plant-based catering will help combat environmental injustice and “dismantle connections with industries that profit from the death and destruction of communities across the globe.”. One student said that a shift to plant-based catering represented “institutional boycott and divestment from the most egregious harms in our food system” and would “send a powerful signal to industrial livestock corporations that they cannot continue to inordinately harm communities through their violence, brutality, and disregard for human and animal life.”

On 20th February 2023, the Cambridge Students’ Union voted on gradually removing all animal products from its cafes and canteens (not including the university’s 31 colleges), but now they have progressed further by voting for 100% plant-based food in meetings and events. The motion was proposed by members of Plant-Based Cambridge (PBCam), a student-led environmental group working with the University of Cambridge to transition towards plant-based catering.

William Smith, a campaigner with PBCam, said in a statement, “After last year’s vote, it’s only logical that the SU should make their own catering fully plant-based too. It’s only a small change but the precedent it sets is important for climate action and environmental justice.”

In 2022, the Students’ Union of Starling University in Scotland become the first in the UK to have 100% vegan catering by 2025. The motion voted in November 2022 aimed to have 50% of the food options plant-based by the 2023-24 academic year, and gradually only serving plant-based food by 2025. More than 650 academics signed an open letter calling for universities to transition away from animal agriculture.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.