The Berkeley, California City Council has voted to require jails and other public buildings (including senior centers) to offer vegan meals. Furthermore, the council has required the city manager to issue a report by next year regarding the feasibility of offering only plant-based meals.
“This is something we all agree on,” says Almira Tanner, organizer for Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), an animal rights group which worked with the council to get this ordinance passed. “Try not to hurt others, and try to help them instead.” She continues: Today’s resolution is a powerful statement affirming the inner voice of decent people of conscience.”
“Component-root-0-2-48 Component-p-0-2-39”>The ordinance, which is the first of its kind, was co-authored by Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín and Councilmember Sophie Hahn. The resolution does not apply to schools, which are operated by an independent school district.
The council also set a goal of cutting the purchase of animal-based food products in half by 2024.
Some see this new ordinance as an expansion of a measure that passed in 2018 making Berkeley the first city in the country to start “Green Mondays, in which only vegan foods would be served in city events and meetings taking place on the first day of the week.