Meat sector urged to ‘stand up’ to veganism
The chief executive of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) has encouraged the meat industry to “stand up” to veganism and launch a well-resourced, informative campaign.
Addressing Liverymen and guests at a recent Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) Court Lunch, Ian Wright CBE said: “It is right that people should choose how they eat and how they lead their lives. But, you need to take it on. You need to fight, you need to stand up. You need to resource a campaign and an approach that will deal with this.
“Now I’m told at the Paris summit follow up in Warsaw last month there was almost no case put for the red meat industry and indeed the dairy industry. That cannot be right, it’s ludicrous in view of what most people do and think and the way they live their lives. You have to be prepared to write to your MPs, to campaign with your companies and to support your trade associations.”
Wright was the speaker at the meat industry event which was held at Leathersellers Hall in the City of London. During his speech, he also expressed that all consumers have the right to choose what they eat.
“Currently veganism is a mish mash of different stimulations, some of the time it’s about morality, some of the time it’s about health, some of the time it’s about the environmental concerns. I don’t mean they don’t have a legitimate point of view, of course they do: vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians all have the right to choose,” he commented.
“But so do ordinary consumers who have the choice of red meat or poultry, or whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, and you must support it.”