London School of Economics students votes to ban beef in a bid to tackle climate change

Read Time:   |  26th February 2020

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Following in the footsteps of the University of London and Goldsmith’s University which banned all beef from its campus in 2019 as part of a new drive by the university to become carbon neutral by 2025, students at the London School of Economics (LSE) has just voted removed beef from the menu.

The initiative was implemented by a campus rep for vegan charity PETA, Phoebe Woodruff, who cited the harmful effects of beef consumption on the environment at an LSE students’ union meeting.

Following her talk, the student union body voted to remove beef from the menu which was passed after 243 people voted in favour compared to 170 who voted against the decision.


Speaking about the move, Woodruff said: “More students than ever are looking to limit their environmental footprint – and cutting out meat, eggs, and dairy is the best and easiest way to do that.

“It’s encouraging to see LSE take a stand to protect animals and the environment. Everyone who wishes to eat with compassion can make the switch to a vegan lifestyle today – it’s never been easier.”

According to PETA: “Raising and killing cows for their flesh is also destroying our planet. The production of beef is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than that of any other food – a staggering 40 times more than the production of beans or peas. The beef industry is a major contributor to the Amazon rainforest fires, deforestation, drought, and water and air pollution.”

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