Primary school changes milk scheme after vegan dad fights for plant-based inclusion

Yvonne O'Halloran

Vegan Dad Paul Roberts has finally won the battle to have his daughters school scrap the cows milk or water scheme. His 5 year old daughter Sophia was banned from bringing soy milk to her school due to the policy at her school in the West Midlands, UK.

After a 9-month battle, he finally won & Solihull school finally changed their policy, even subsidising soy milk for kids who choose to drink milk alternatives.

In a statement published by The Vegan Society, Roberts stated:

It’s been a really emotionally draining nine months. But I just hope others can benefit from our fight and parents and children in the school understand that they too have a freedom of choice.”

When his appeals to have the policy changed rejected, he was advised by Primary Veducation’s Laura Chepner to reach out to The Vegan Society’s vegan rights advocate and chair of the international rights network, Dr Jeanette Rowley.

Roberts said: “Both myself and my wife, and, of course, Sofia, are forever grateful for the time and effort [Rowley] put into this complaint. While for me it was a hugely important issue, I never thought The Vegan Society could help on such a small and personal level. It’s been a really emotionally draining nine months, but I just hope others can benefit from our fight and parents and children in the school understand that they too have a freedom of choice.”

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