San Francisco hospitals and jails to reduce meat, dairy, and egg purchases

Yvonne O'Halloran

A new mandate voted on by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will drastically slash the amount of animal products served in both public hospitals and city jails. By 2024, jails in the city must decrease their purchasing of meat, dairy, and eggs by 50 percent. Hospitals, on the other hand, have different requirements: they have until 2023 to slash its purchasing by 15 percent. 

The new law, which was sponsored by supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Rafael Mandelman, was sparked by the activism of several animal rights groups, including Compassionate Bay. Together, the groups called on the local government to cut back on animal products, citing environmental concerns. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions come from animal livestock across the globe, explaining why the groups wanted the city to begin divesting from the industry.

“Animal agriculture is the next frontier for a rising divestment and defunding movement towards a more compassionate and sustainable world,” said Victoria Gu, a volunteer with Compassionate Bay.

The mandate isn’t completely official, however; it still needs the signature of Mayor London Breed. Fortunately, he is expected to sign it.

Advocates are calling this a first-of-its-kind policy in the United States.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States


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