Public sector ‘obliged’ to serve vegan
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.”