Meat off the menu this week
June 18, 2018
Many Wellingtonians will be taking part in Meat Free Week, June 11-17. The initiative is in its eighth year, and NZ Vegan society is, for the first time, supporting it.
The week is a way for people, who might care about the health benefits, ethics, or the global warming impact not eating meat has, but aren’t willing to commit to veganism or vegetarianism to give it a go, a vegan society spokesperson says.
Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand national coordinator Amanda Sorrenson thinks people are fairly open to giving something like Meat Free Week a try.
“After all, people really do hate to see animal cruelty and often have concerns about the impact their diet has on their own health and the environment.”
Meat Free Week was founded by Australians Lainie Towner and Melissa Hobbs in 2013, as a project to raise awareness of the downsides of the meat industry.
It now operates in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, and is supported by groups, including PETA and Greenpeace, and people, including Jamie Oliver, Paul McCartney, Joanna Lumley, John Bishop, and Chris Darwin (great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin).
The Cook Strait News asked Beef + Lamb New Zealand about the ethics of the meat industry and their response to the Vegan Society reporting the health benefits of veganism.
“We promote eating Quality Mark beef and lamb as part [of] a balanced and healthy lifestyle,” said marketing manager Kit Arkwright.