The town of Berkeley, California became the first city in the United States to require vegan-only food be served at official events and meetings this week; adopting a new policy that designates ‘Vegan Monday’ throughout the region.
According to ABC News, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution requiring the strict dietary guidelines be followed for all food served at city-run events at least once a week; a move animal rights activists hailed as “revolutionary.”
“On Thursday, Berkeley became the first city in the nation to declare ‘Green Monday.’ This requires vegan-only food be served at city meetings and events once a week,” writes ABC.
“I’m not asking people to give up meat, I’m asking us all to think about what it is that we do every day, how we can reduce our meat consumption,” said council member Kate Harrison.
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“Almost a third of our climate change problem comes from animal husbandry and the meat produced by animals and the pollution produced,” she added.
CHAOS ON CAMPUS: University of Wisconsin to Punish Student Protesters
The University of Wisconsin approved a controversial policy over the weekend, outlining the campus’s restrictions regarding protesting students and saying those who “disrupt campus speeches” will be disciplined and possibly expelled.
According to the Associated Press, the university’s leadership announced the new measures on Friday, saying they would suspend and expel students who commit multiple violations of the school’s free speech policies.
The new rules state that students who “disrupt” free speech rallies or events will be suspended after their second offense, and expelled if caught protesting three times; urging faculty members and the student body to experience “all sides” of the political debate.
“Perhaps the most important thing we can do as a university is to teach students how to engage and listen to those with whom they differ,” said President Ray Cross. “If we don’t show students how to do this, who will? Without civil discourse and a willingness to listen and engage with different voices, all we are doing is reinforcing our existing values.”
The school’s decision comes after months of student protests at the University of California at Berkeley over conservative and right-wing speeches and rallies; with many protests turning violent. The demonstrations prompted calls from conservatives around the country to gain equal access to University speaking tours as their liberal counterparts.
Liberals on the campus are calling the guidelines “restrictive,” saying the new policy will “suppress free speech.”
“Who’s going to show up to a protest if they think they could be potentially expelled?” asked Democratic State Rep. Chris Taylor, whose district includes the school’s campus.
LIBERAL PRIORITIES: LA Considers Ban of ‘ALL FUR PRODUCTS’ as Homeless Population Soars
Los Angeles is poised to become the largest American city to ban the production and sale of all fur-related products; a proposal backed by the region’s animal rights activists who claim the clothing is “rife with cruelty.”
According to Yahoo News, the Los Angeles City Council plans to vote in the coming weeks on a measure that would ban the fur industry within the city limits. The proposal would bar the sale of clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, earmuffs, accessories, and key chains.
“Neighboring West Hollywood along with Berkeley and San Francisco already have fur bans, although their ordinances differ in some specifics. West Hollywood’s law was changed to exempt fur from animals that are legally trapped under state law,” writes Yahoo News.
Opponents of the measure slammed the City Council for diverting attention and resources away from the region’s escalating homeless crisis and rampant crime.
“There’s a lot of fur sold in LA. It’s in over 500 designer collections, it’s on shoes, it’s on handbags,” said a spokesperson for the Fur Information Council of America. “So yes, it will have an impact on jobs, it will have an impact on tax revenues.”
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