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This university is the first in the UK to go fully vegan

Bad news for the BLT lovers

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

Love nothing more than picking up a cheese-and-ham toastie on the way to a lecture? A tasty BLT meal deal from the student café? We have bad news. Seriously bad news. 

Stirling University’s student union has just voted to ban meat and dairy on its campus. The university will now serve only a fully plant-based menu at its three food outlets, and activists are working to get this rolled out across the institution, according to The Daily Telegraph

The campaign group, named Animal Rebellion (yes, they’re linked to Extinction Rebellion), has said the banning of meat and dairy will help ‘address the climate and ecological emergencies’ faced globally by cutting emissions associated with farming. The rule was introduced following a vote by 100 students (for context, there are around 17,000 students in total). 

A 21-year-old student at the university said that there are bigger plans in the works. They said they would ‘push for the transition to plant-based catering to go further than just the student union’. 

Not everyone is loving the news. A spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance said the move was an ‘attack on freedom of choice imposed by a tiny number of students’, adding that the union would be better off sourcing sustainable meat and dairy from Scots farmers. They said: ‘How can an avocado flown in from South America have eco-superiority over a piece of grass-fed beef from a local farm?’

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