A petition has been launched by concerned citizen Judith Ward to have vegan options put on the menus at schools, hospitals, prisons, universities and colleges in the UK.Currently, 10,867 people have signed it… and now it has reached 10,000, the government are required to respond. If 100,000 signatures are added the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament. The petition will run for six months and you have until April 3rd next year to add your signature to it. As Ms Ward observes: “Over five per cent of the population is vegan and growing. A vegan diet is healthier, it conserves resources and protects the planet, above all it's cruelty free. United Nations has called upon us to consume more plant based foods. Animal products are linked to the increase in cancer and heart disease.” This is certainly not a new idea and it seems as though it is gaining traction, if the signatories on this petition are anything to go by. The Vegan Prisoners Support Group, for example, has long been campaigning for vegan diets to be catered for by the prison system, while The Vegan Society encourages parents to exercise their rights to ask for inclusive catering in schools. If you're not vegan and the idea seems like too big a step at the moment, rather than doing nothing, you could consider adopting a more flexitarian approach. This simply means giving up meat a few times a week so you can see what it would be like to be a vegetarian or vegan and start making more ethical choices where your food is concerned. Check out our other article on this. Looking for vegan cheddar cheese? See what we’ve got here at Bute Island.