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Petition for the right not to eat animals in French schools


A governmental order published on October 2, 2011 has outlawed vegetarianism in all French schools




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Végé ? t'as rien !VG ? You don't eat !

All those who believe in freedom of thought and in the freedom of expression and observance of all personal convictions should sign this petition, whatever their personal stance may be concerning vegetarianism and animal rights.

A governmental order published on October 2, 2011 has outlawed vegetarianism in all French schools, whether public or private(1). All meals served in school canteens must contain animal products generally, and meat and fish at a certain minimum frequency.

For many children, eating at home is not possible, and bringing their own lunch to school is disallowed. This means that six million schoolchildren are now forced to eat meat, whether they like it or not.

Following a law voted last year by the French Parliament(2), similar decrees will be taken shortly regarding almost all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population.

These measures ostensibly aim at improving the quality of the meals served in schools. The French public health authorities hold, in opposition to the findings of most medical authorities in the world, that a balanced diet is impossible without animal products.

No practical considerations warrant a blanket prohibition of vegetarianism even in those canteens where the management would be willing to offer vegetarian or vegan alternatives. These decrees are thus an arbitrary violation of the rights of the vegetarian citizens in France.

The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as it is in many other countries. People are free to choose where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, continue to eat animals must not be discriminated against. The French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, declared in January 2010 that the government's aim in determining its public nutritional policy was to defend the French agricultural model and specifically to counter initiatives such as those of Paul McCartney calling for a reduced consumption of meat.(3) However, a government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions.

For these reasons, I demand that the French government rescind these unacceptable decrees.

1. Décret n° 2011-1227 du 30 septembre 2011; arrêté du 30 septembre 2011, published in the Journal officiel on October 2, 2011 (

2. "Law for the modernization of agriculture and fisheries", published on July 27, 2010.




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Comment by blackpanther on December 5, 2011 at 22:12

and I must add that this shameful law will also rule meals in hospitals, public restaurants for civil servants, homes for elderlies as soon as the beginning of january 2012!

so if I'm an old vegan in a home for elderly, I can no longer eat properly!!!!!!

what country will follow the example of France next?????? it's threatening!

Comment by blackpanther on December 5, 2011 at 22:07

yes, Carolyn, it's is very concerning, as it means that all vegan and vegetarian children can no longer eat vegan or vegetarian meals at school!!!!!!! when they are far from home, or when their parents work all day, they cannot go home to eat properly, according to their choices!

Paul Mc Cartney reacted to this shameful law!

Sir Paul McCartney has attacked the French Government for banning vegetarian meals in schools.

The link to BBC5 (valid a few days): (at 3:20 mn. It lasts 10 minutes.)

Interview here :

Comment by Carolyn Bailey on October 28, 2011 at 5:51

When I first read this, I didn't think it was very serious, because here in Australia, all children take their lunches from home. It's unheard of to have a school cafeteria here, in public schools. 

I had no idea it was compulsory for children to eat the food which is provided for them. That in itself is a huge problem for me. 

This really is very concerning. I don't usually sign online petitions, but I'm happy to make an exception here, because this is a huge problem, and very scary!


Comment by blackpanther on October 28, 2011 at 1:14
Comment by blackpanther on October 27, 2011 at 21:37

no, in France, it's forbidden to bring any food from, clearly, children can no longer be vegan or vegetarian at school! if they leave the meat served, they have nothing to eat to replace the proteins!

we ask for real vegetarian and vegan alternatives! but in France, the agricultural lobby is very very strong and powerful, and the right wing government does all it can to please them!

our only hope is that the left wing candidate wins the presidential election in may!...and it' possible, because people are fed up with Sarkozy, the president, member of a right wing party.

A demo was held in front of the ministry of agriculture yesterday, and the greens ask for the abolition of those laws! 

Comment by Brooke Cameron on October 27, 2011 at 13:07

Why are children not allowed to bring their own food from home?

This really is shocking, and I agree that something like this may start in France, but will spread very quickly if they're allowed to get away with it.


Comment by emma dilemma on October 26, 2011 at 2:37
This is really shocking!!! There`s obviously a lot of `influencial`people with a lot of cash behind this decision. Petition signed.
Comment by blackpanther on October 25, 2011 at 23:36

look here too, and I feel sorry nobody seems to be interested in this news! it starts in France, but I'm sure it will soon be worldwide!


Comment by blackpanther on October 25, 2011 at 0:49
important, help needed! sign this petition!


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