THE VEGAN SOCIETY: We are urging the Government to include fortified plant milk in its milk schemes nationwide, to ensure vegan children are catered with nutritionally adequate milk alternatives.
LORRAINE KING: ‘Vegan campaigners are threatening to sue the UK government if they fail to introduce a plant-based drink in the Nursery Milk Scheme. Under the scheme, children under the age of five who attend nursery are entitled to a third of a pint of cow’s milk every day for free. The Vegan Society claims the scheme is unfair as it does not include alternatives to cow milk. Legal advisors working for charity say that the Government is failing in its duty to the 2010 Equality Act.
In a letter to the Government, the charity demanded that alternative is offered otherwise they could take legal action. The letter says: “Public authorities are under a general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to avoid discrimination by limiting the Nursery Milk Scheme only to cow’s milk, the Department of Health is failing in that duty.” Dr Jeanette Rowley, The Vegan Society’s legal advisor, said: “We are urging the Government to include fortified plant milk in its milk schemes nationwide, to ensure vegan children are catered for with a nutritionally adequate and delicious milk alternative.”
Mark Banahan, campaigns manager at the charity, added: “Vegan children are unfairly treated as they do not benefit from the current school health initiatives, which are designed to increase calcium intake for growing children”… “It’s time the government Play Fair with Plant Milk and support it in nutritional public health initiatives for children.” The Department of Health said that it has not received the letter and would respond to it in due course’. SOURCE…