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Vegan Soldiers File Complaints Against Armed Forces Over Lack Of Plant-Based Options

Reportedly, vegan soldiers have had to eat food containing dairy as cutting out all animal products during service was 'too hard'

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Vegan soldiers are filing complaints against the Armed Forces due to lack of plant-based food options and cruelty-free uniforms.

Leading charity The Vegan Society says it has ‘dealt first-hand’ with concerns raised by service personnel across the Army and the RAF.

Vegan soldiers

Reportedly, vegan soldiers have had to eat food containing dairy as cutting out all animal products during service was ‘too hard’.

Moreover, soldiers have allegedly felt obliged to buy their own vegan leather Dr. Martens after refusing to wear commission cow-hide shoes.

According to reports, a spokesperson for The Vegan Society said: “Vegans in the UK, whether they serve in the British Forces or not, have the protection of human rights and equality law.

“It’s vital employers understand they’re under a statutory duty to examine how their policies might have a negative impact on vegan employees.”

The Vegan Society added that not providing vegan food and uniform options could potentially put people off enrolling in the British Forces.

Armed Forces

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson described the health and wellbeing of its soldiers as a ‘priority’ and says it caters to dietary requirements ‘where possible’. 

It then concluded: “As an inclusive employer we are exploring strategies to diversify Operational Ration Pack offerings and clothing options.”

Last year, British aircraft carriers Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales launched a plant-based menu for sailors in the Navy.

The ships’ vegan options include meat-free burgers, lentil lasagne, pasties, and falafel. Desserts include an apple pie served with dairy-free custard.

According to the Mirror, a MoD spokesperson said: “Healthy living in the Armed Forces is of vital importance and we encourage a nutritious diet.”

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Algimantas Šimkaitis
Algimantas Šimkaitis
1 year ago

Same everywhere…

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

I served 5 years as a vegan in the army. At unit I cooked all my own food and on exercise I bought most of the food for my field rations. There are two vegan savory meals and a few sweet breakfasts/desserts that comprise the standard rations that I would trade my issued meat/dairy rations for.

When deployed or away from my usual posting I would have to let the head chef on base know that I am vegan and then they would have a separate meal cooked for me that I would collect when I turned up for food.

My experience wasn’t that bad. The biggest issue is with field rations and having to buy and therefore carry from the get go all the food I would need for the exercise. This is an issue for prolonged exercises as that’s a lot of space and weight to carry, where everyone else only carries a couple days worth of food and then gets resupplied with issued rations from the supply chain.

Ben
Ben
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

were you based in uk, thinking of joining the army this september

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

I served 5 years as a vegan in the army. At unit I cooked all my own food and on exercise I bought most of the food for my field rations. There are two vegan savory meals and a few sweet breakfasts/desserts that comprise the standard rations that I would trade my issued meat/dairy rations for.

When deployed or away from my usual posting I would have to let the head chef on base know that I am vegan and then they would have a separate meal cooked for me that I would collect when I turned up for food.

My experience wasn’t that bad. The biggest issue is with field rations and having to buy and therefore carry from the get go all the food I would need for the exercise. This is an issue for prolonged exercises as that’s a lot of space and weight to carry, where everyone else only carries a couple days worth of food and then gets resupplied with issued rations from the supply chain.

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