In a vote, a clear majority in the Cambridge Students’ Union voted in favor of the canteens on campus changing their offer, as the Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday. However, the vote does not yet mean a decision that will ultimately be made by the management of the renowned university.
The Plant-Based Universities campaign, which is supported by the organization Animal Rebellion, said it sent a strong signal to all 31 colleges at the University of Cambridge. “By eliminating animal products from their menus, the university could significantly reduce its environmental impact and showcase its commitment to sustainability to the world,” said William Smith of Plant-Based Universities.
The university had already removed dishes with beef and lamb from the canteens in 2016, as she now emphasized. “We always welcome suggestions from students and staff,” it said.
At the end of 2022, students at the Scottish University of Stirling had already voted for the canteens to switch to vegan food by 2025. By the start of the 2023/24 academic year, half of the offerings should be free of animal products.