Target: Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Todd Staples
Goal: Convince meat activist to accept schools’ choices to serve vegetarian meals
Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples recently went off on Texas School Districts that have embraced a reduction of meat on school lunch menus. Encourage Staples to allow the schools to make their own menu choices, specifically if they involve healthier options.
In an Op-Ed for the Austin American Statesman, Staples condemned the movement called “Meatless Monday,” which encourages healthier eating by refraining from eating meat on a daily basis. Staples wrote “Restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools.” Staples also suggested that “Meatless Monday” is a conspiracy aiming to eliminate meat from the American diet.
While every individual has the right to eat what they choose, it is wrong to insist that schools should not serve any vegetarian meals. Vegetarianism has been proven to reduce a person’s carbon footprint by 50 percent as well as reducing obesity, so a vegetarian meal now and then is beneficial to everyone. What’s more, the school district director John Crowley defended the decision, saying that the vegetarian initiative was implemented to satisfy many requests by parents and students.
Please sign the petition below to ask Todd Staples to support Texas schools that decide to serve vegetarian lunches and shift his activism towards a more important issue.
Dear Todd Staples,
Your recent Op-Ed in the Austin American Statesman dismissed the “Meatless Mondays” campaign and suggested that it is wrong for schools to participate in this initiative as it is a conspiracy to create vegetarianism across the state.
We are writing to ask that you retract your remarks and support the schools’ choice to provide healthier lunch options. Vegetarianism is not a bad thing. It has been proven to cut a person’s carbon footprint in half, in addition to significantly reducing obesity and other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
Schools that choose to participate in Meatless Mondays are not trying to force kids into becoming vegetarians, but instead are simply seeking to improve their health by reducing their meat intake slightly. Students are not forced to eat what is served to them by the school. Any parents who insist that their children eat meat for lunch every day can prepare a lunch for their kids to bring to school.
Please support the schools’ choices and shift your activism towards something of greater importance.
[Your Name Here]
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