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Is the RSPCA Going Veggy? - 10/01/2008
 
After several attempts to get this letter published in the Independent, we eventually got a refusal and are now publishing it on our website.
After several attempts to get this letter published in the Independent, we eventually got a refusal and are now publishing it on our website. The letter relates to earlier published letters in the Independent (Shouldn't the RSPCA be advocating vegetarianism and Utopian dream of a low-meat diet), and to this week's Kill it, Eat it, Cook it programmes on BBC3

The RSPCA has been answering yes and is continuing its involvement with meat-free and dairy-free – “cruelty-free” – food, just as it did some years ago with its support for cruelty-free toiletries, clothing and footwear. Jeremy Laurance’s question (shouldn’t the RSPCA be advocating vegetarianism?) is nicely answered by the requirement of the Society’s last AGM to be catered for entirely in a meat- and dairy-free manner, and some branches are following the example. Many of the society’s members are discontent with flawed measures such as Freedom Foods attempts at accreditation and schemes such as the Soil Association’s to express “food ethics”.

We have been offering the RSPCA open access to our database and give the Society scientifically-, medically-, and nutritionally-based evidence to support utterances by agriculture and environment ministers and the Economist magazine giving advice to consumers to eat less meat and dairy produce and their derivatives; and Hilary Benn, the present Minister of State is a vegetarian. Our website offers weekly recipes that accord with Grow Food, Not Feed policies and come within a Portfolio of eating plans recommended by international medical experts and nutritionists, offering advantages, for example, in reducing recourse to regimens of drugs such as statins.

Dr Alan Long (of VEGA Research), as a long time member of the RSPCA, and Angela Walder, a member of its Council, won a decision at the last AGM for the Society to comprehend within its estimable range of practical endeavour initiatives to engage in true farm-to-fork manner with the Food Standards Agency (where S stands for more than one-sided Safety) in joined-up agronomic policies in which the interests of animal welfare (of all species, including human) and the environment are tackled. We offered the advice on the appropriate education and initiatives in marketing.

There’s no need for Jeremy Laurance to flog the willing RSPCA horse, but some whispers to raise the rate from a trot to a gallop would be welcome. We animal welfarists always think of Boxer’s fate in Animal Farm.
 
 
 

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