Schools who already offer a daily vegetarian meal option have been slammed by parents for making Mondays meat free.

Some have called the decision a “joke” as children returned for a new school year.

East Riding Council in Yorkshire has drafted in the Meat Free Mondays for schools in the local authority area as “tastes are changing”.

But mums and dads have blasted the move saying there are already veggie alternatives every day.

They said there should be a meat meal to choose from Monday to Friday as well.

But parents have criticised the decision to dictate what their kids can have for lunch, claiming they need nutrients from meat.

The council’s decision has not gone down well with many parents

One mum Amanda Grant added: “I think this is disgusting, as you say a meat free option is offered daily so a meat option should also be offered daily.”

Another Lisa Smelt said: “For some kids it’s the only meal they will get each day and they need the protein and iron from meat.”

A third Dominique Glover said: “Absolute joke telling our children to eat meat free anything else they wanna control?”

The owner of Smiths Butchers in Bridlington, East Yorks, added: “It has been brought to our attention that East Riding Council have introduced Meat Free Mondays for school meals.

“Now this isn’t us trying to have a dig at vegans or vegetarians as we respect their views and opinions.

East Riding Council is now expected to launch a further consultation about school menus

“Our point is that there is a vegetarian option everyday but no meat on a Monday.

“Surely children or parents should have this choice and not be forced into vegetarian meals.

“Again this is nothing to do with non meat eaters as we respect everyone’s views and also have vegetarian customers.”

But not everyone is against proposed menu changes, and some jumped to defend the council.

Victoria Burnham said: “I think it’s a great idea, we don’t always eat meat at home – we love tofu and veggie substances also, just as much as we enjoy meat.

“Given that meat production has a huge environmental impact I think it’s a great idea to show kids that there are other options available.”

Going meat free when veggie options are always available has been slammed

Chelle Cray added: “Complete overreaction.

“There’s usually a day without meat anyway lol..ie pizza or pasta!!

“Just because they have named it meat free Monday it’s now a massive drama.

“People make me laugh, can’t wait for something to jump on!! It’ss one day of the week, they aren’t being pinned down and made to be vegetarian hahaha!

“Whatever next.”

East Riding Council is now expected to launch a further consultation about school menus.

Parents took to facebook to let their feelings be known

Commercial strategic manager David Johnston said: “As children’s tastes have changed, we are now being asked to produce recipes and menus which are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets on a more regular basis.

“The options we are offering on Mondays are dishes which have proved popular previously and we have worked to ensure that the menus conform to school food standards.

“Individual schools have the option to change the menu, with direction from the head teacher and governing body, as long as the menu adheres to the food standards set by the government.

“The Catering Services Team will consider the feedback to the new menu and will consult with our schools, looking at alternative options, if schools feel it is appropriate.”

Schools can reportedly opt out of the scheme.

The idea is an initiative launched by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and his daughter’s Mary and Stella.

The not-for-profit campaign says people eating less meat is good for the environment.

It cites United Nations’ research claiming livestock is responsible for 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Parents blast schools over ‘meat free Mondays’ as kids only have veggie options

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