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San Francisco Jails To Slash Meat, Dairy, And Egg Consumption By 50% Within 4 Years

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San Francisco city jails will slash the amount of animal purchased by 50 percent by 2024 under a new law, according to local media.

Last week, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to reduce the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs in the facilities.

It also voted to slash consumption of these products by 15 percent by 2023 in public hospitals under the new law, which was sponsored by Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Rafael Mandelman and is expected to be signed by Mayor London Breed.

Advocacy

According to local reports, the law follows a campaign by animal and environmental advocates, who want the city to ‘use its purchasing power to advance those causes’.

Victoria Gu, a volunteer with advocacy Compassionate Bay, which has campaigned on these issues, said: “Animal agriculture is the next frontier for a rising divestment and defunding movement towards a more compassionate and sustainable world.”

Plant-based food in prisons

The announcement follows news that Arizona prisons have replaced Kosher and halal meals with vegan options as reported by the Phoenix New Times.

The vegan meals, which launched on August 1, ‘meet the requirements of kosher and halal diets as well as that of all other religions’ according to Department of Corrections director David Shinn.

Previously, Jewish and Muslim prisoners had been accommodated with specially-prepared foods, but now they are served the Common Fare Meals, which are also available to all other prisoners as long as they give 30 days’ notice to get on or off plant-based meals.

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