The Farm Animal Welfare Coalition (FAWC) successfully convinced the House Administration Committee to instruct Compass Group/Restaurant Associates, which holds the contract to run the food service in all House office building cafeterias, cafes and carry-outs, to immediately end its promotion of “Meatless Mondays” and remove all signage and promotion from the eateries. FAWC was told the promotion will not reappear, Steve Kopperud reported in his June 13 Washington Report for the Ohio Agribusiness Assn.
The coalition in its letter to the committee last week said: “FAWC takes no issue with anyone’s personal dietary choices…however, the choice by Compass Group/Restaurant Associates to use ‘Meatless Mondays’ as a promotional tool (for vegetarian/vegan meal options) is unfortunate and political. ‘Meatless Mondays’ is an acknowledged tool of animal rights and environmental organizations who seek to publicly denigrate U.S. livestock and poultry production, alleging we provide unhealthy foods from mistreated animals, while contributing disproportionately to climate change and environmental damage. These claims are offensive to us and are wrong.”
FAWC is an ad hoc coalition of most of the nation’s largest farm, ranch, dairy, biotechnology and feed groups, and was created by the American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to ensure any state or federal legislation or regulation affecting farm animal production is science-based and weighs equally animal welfare and producer welfare. Compass Group North America is a subsidiary of Compass Group PLC, a British company; Restaurant Associates is an affiliate of the North American subsidiary.