Pub­lic sec­tor ‘obliged’ to serve ve­gan

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS -

Ve­g­ans have warned pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions could be taken to court un­less more is done to pro­vide plant-based op­tions.

The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment has been pe­ti­tioned to have ve­gan food on all pub­lic sec­tor menus from schools and hos­pi­tals to prisons and coun­cils.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence in sup­port of the pe­ti­tion, Bar­bara Bolton, a so­lic­i­tor who deals with ve­gan law, con­demned the “sys­temic fail­ure” to pro­vide for ve­g­ans.

Ar­gu­ing pub­lic or­gan­i­sa­tions have an obli­ga­tion to pro­vide ve­gan op­tions, she said: “Ve­g­ans have le­gal pro­tec­tion un­der hu­man rights and equal­ity law be­cause the ve­gan phi­los­o­phy passes the test of non-re­li­gious be­lief that is se­ri­ous, co­gent and wor­thy of re­spect.”

She added: “Ul­ti­mately, if noth­ing is done in terms of the hu­man rights and equal­ity is­sues, there will be claims that will go to court.”

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