A LABOUR council is set to be the first local authority in the country to ban meat at its events.
Enfield council, North London, said it planned to serve only vegan and vegetarian meals at its gatherings from December in a gesture towards tackling climate change.
Council leader Nesil Caliskan said this month that climate change was an “existential threat to life on Earth”.
He said: “We are utterly committed to tackling the issues around climate change and the environment.
“There is absolutely no doubt that climate change is one of the existential threats to life on earth and everyone needs to work collaboratively to find solutions that work.”
But the proposal has been criticised by Conservatives, who say bans would have a negative impact on farming.
Councillor Joanne Laban, leader of the opposition and Conservative Group branded the plan “ridiculous”.
She said: “The Labour council’s plan to ban meat at the events it holds where catering is provided is ridiculous.
“Enfield Council should be supporting local farmers and butchers at this time and pledge to use their produce at future events.”
Enfield Council said cafes run by the authority will still serve meat and outside caterers are also free to serve non-vegetarian meals.
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A spokesman said: “Enfield Council is not banning meat.
“Our council-run cafes will continue to sell award winning produce, including locally sourced meat.
“Our Climate Action Plan acknowledges the significant impact livestock farming has on greenhouse gases and global deforestation, which is why the plan encourages more vegetarian and vegan based options”.
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