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At election time we need your help encouraging candidates to further the cause of veganism

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Diet change is essential to tackle the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on climate change and land describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change and includes a policy recommendation to reduce meat consumption. We’ve seen lots of progress towards plant-based alternatives and more people than ever are open to changing their diets, but we need change on a bigger scale, so there is an urgent need for political leadership on this issue.

We’re asking elected people at all levels of government to support a managed and just transition to a more sustainable, plant-based food system so that we can meet climate targets and for the good of all people, our planet and animals. This should include promoting plant-based diets and food as crucial to meet net zero targets; setting an ambition for the UK to capitalise on the economic growth of the plant-based sector; and a sector specific plan for supporting the plant-based industry in the UK. Health and sustainability must be prioritised in procurement, along with support for animal farmers who wish to transition to plant-based crop production or other more sustainable forms of land management, while recognising the rights of all animals to live and be treated with compassion and respect.

This issue is still poorly understood amongst local and national policy makers. Highlighting this over social media and with your candidates will help to educate your local candidates about this issue - it will show them that their constituents care about it and encourage them to make it a priority. All of these policies will work to make it easier to be vegan and at the same time encourage others to choose more plant-based options, for the benefit of health, the environment and animals.

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