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UK VegSoc's manifesto for the General Election

Vegetarian Society UK | Su Taylor | 04/18/10

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A Kinder Food Policy
The Vegetarian Society's manifesto for the general election

The Vegetarian Society, a national educational charity, has launched its vegetarian manifesto for the general election. A Kinder Food Policy highlights the issues which concern vegetarians and is available online: www.vegsoc.org/political/manifesto.html

Annette Pinner, Chief Executive of the Vegetarian Society said, "The manifesto is intended to assist voters keen to know where parliamentary candidates stand on vegetarian issues. The Vegetarian Society isn't a political organisation and we don't endorse any candidates or parties, but vegetarianism touches on many different issues and our manifesto suggests positive steps for the environment, health, animals, world food distribution and farming."

The main areas discussed in the manifesto are as follows:

1. The development of a humane and sustainable food policy that includes a planned reduction in meat and dairy consumption.

2. The promotion to the public of an eating plan that encourages a reduction in meat and dairy consumption for health and environmental reasons.

3. Phasing out of factory farming and the long distance transportation of animals, plus effective enforcement of existing farm animal welfare legislation.

4. Higher farm animal welfare standards to be one of the core objectives of Government food policy with a phased move towards the adoption of the highest welfare standards across the industry.

5. Support for farmers and investment to increase UK production of fruit and vegetables.

VSUK is a member of the International Vegetarian Union: www.ivu.org

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