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New Law Requires Jails To Halve Consumption Of Animal Products By 2024

by | August 19, 2020

A new law will require jails in San Francisco to reduce the use of animal products in meals by 50 percent over the next four years.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted last week to halve the use of items such as meat, dairy, and eggs, in local jails, with environmental reasons cited as the driving factor.

The Board also voted to reduce the use of animal products in public hospitals by 15 percent by 2023.

San Francisco officials believe their decision could set a nationwide precedent.

Speaking on the new law, one Board Supervisor said, “People will look back in 20 years and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that we were eating all this meat.’”

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Hospitals and jails in San Francisco must reduce consumption of animal products (VGstockstudio/Shutterstock.com)

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Animal advocacy organizations and environmental campaign groups have collectively been pushing for the change in policy.

“Animal agriculture is the next frontier for a rising divestment and defunding movement towards a more compassionate and sustainable world,” said Victoria Gu, a spokesperson for local grassroots group Compassionate Bay.

What do you think of the new law? Do you think other cities will follow suit? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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