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A school in India has won an award for its vegan-only menu.
Chennai’s German International School was awarded the Compassionate School Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA].
The school started phasing out animal products in mid-2016, and now serves only vegan food – including homemade mock meats and cheeses.
The Chennai school’s snacks and lunches are packed with nutritious proteins, such as lentils, beans, and quinoa.
Melanie Rolf, principal of the school, explained how the new plant-based menu reflects the school’s commitment to environmentalism.
“Raising animals for food is the single greatest human-caused source of destruction to our environment,” she said.
Thomas A. Pallushek, Advisor for International Schools in the Asia Pacific region, added: “We felt it was ethically not right. We wanted to reduce the human impact on the environment and eating less meat is the simplest way.”
PETA awarded the honor saying the school was setting a good example.
“As more and more families across India go vegan, German International School is the very first school to switch to meat-egg- and dairy-free student dining,” said Manilal Valliyate, CEO of PETA.
“PETA is recognizing this institution for setting the perfect example for teaching students healthy eating habits that also protect animals and the environment.”