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German Environment Minister Proposes Meat Ban

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Germany is arguably the home of the European capital of veganism (Berlin). You can roam around the streets and find yourself eating one of the many vegan dishes served at restaurants. But recently, a meat and fish ban was proposed by Germany’s Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, during official political meetings.

“Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental degradation, which is why a German ministry says it’s taking a stand for vegetarianism in a new – and controversial – ban,” writes The Huffington Post.

According to Hendricks, her ministry will no longer be serving any meat-products and fish at official functions, stating that her ministry must act as a “role model” on problems with the environment and sustainability.

“You have to eat what’s on the table according to the will of the ministry. No meat, no fish, and the cover of ‘climate protection,'” Gitta Conneman, a senior MP at CDU, told Bild newspaper.

“They won’t save the climate by branding people who eat meat, and they know this. This ban only applies to a handful of guests, not to 1,200 employees. This is pure ideology, a ‘people’s education’ for the diet.”

“We’re not tell[ing] anyone what they should eat,” the environment ministry stated. “But we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.”

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