Eating meat in pubs should be illegal, top barrister says

Laura Bowes posted in Beef

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M​ichael Mansfield QC, a barrister, has argued the government should introduce stricter legislations to help with the environmental impact of eating meat.

"There are plenty of things that were once commonplace that are now illegal, such as smoking inside," says Mansfield.

“We know that the top 3,000 companies in the world are responsible for more than £1.5tn worth of damage to the environment with meat and dairy production high on the list. We know that because the UN has told us so.

“I think when we look at the damage eating meat is doing to the planet it is not preposterous to think that one day it will become illegal.”

I​t is estimated if the world continues eating meat at the current rate, by 2050 the meat and dairy industry could overtake oil production.

Juliet Gellatley, a director of the animal rights group Viva went on the say: “Thirty years ago people didn’t bat an eyelid if you lit a cigarette in a pub or restaurant. But now society accepts smoking is harmful and totally unnecessary and so we legislated against it. The same could happen with eating meat.”

W​hat would you say if meat was banned from pubs? No more roast dinners, steak or chicken... Would it be worth it to help the planet?

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Comments (5)
  • pub meals are getting expensive, so I have hot chips at home.

    If pubs served veg Cornish pasties, jam , and marmite sandwiches, chip buttys, chips dipped in vinegar, blackberry pie, and hot toast, topped with poached tomatoes and fried mushrooms, tomato, or pumpkin soup, they would still be a pub, sort of.

    I don't mind a couple of veg days each week.

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  • I can’t imagine going to the pub on a Sunday to have roasted aubergine. I hope it never happens

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