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Paul McCartney has spoken out against the serving of meat in schools, arguing that the practise shouldn’t be mandatory. Paul made the case in a letter to education secretary Gavin Williamson co-signed by daughters Stella and Mary, as part of a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)-backed campaign. The letter coincides with a consultation process for a review of Britain’s food system called the National Food Strategy. In a statement, the McCartneys said: ‘No one needs to eat meat, so it shouldn’t be mandatory to serve it in schools. ‘It’s time to revise the School Food Standards to help the planet, spare animals, and promote healthy eating.’

They also called for more climate-friendly vegan options served in schools, after a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) poll indicated 70% of schoolchildren would back such a move. The letter states: ‘So long as nutritional needs are met, individual school caterers should have the freedom to decide whether they wish to include meat and dairy in their menus.’ Under current guidance, it’s obligatory for England’s schools to serve meat most days of the week, dairy on Mondays-Fridays and oily fish at least once every three weeks. Also backing the letter are Green MP Caroline Lucas, Greenpeace, Veganuary and Compassion in World Farming. The McCartneys are the founders of the Meat-Free Monday movement.

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