Israel Defense Forces Soldiers are Demanding Vegan Meals, Boots, and Berets
When they’re not fighting for their country, they’re fighting for animal rights. With Israel’s vegan population reaching 5% – more vegans per capita than any other nation – soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are speaking up about having ethical meals available throughout their training and service. Since serving in the military is mandatory, the population of vegan servicemen and -women has been growing.
Major Omer Yuval, a reservist, has been leading protests within the service in response to the lack of available food in mess halls that fit soldiers’ plant-based ethics. He said, to local magazine Bamahane:
“We are striving for equal opportunity, to allow vegan soldiers to live honorably and serve the country in the best manner possible.”
And the protests worked. This February, a new meal plan rolled out for vegans which included tahini, nuts, and dried fruits in breakfast boxes and soy meat alternatives for dinner. Yet, the vegan ethics don’t stop in the mess hall: leather-free combat boots and wool-free berets are also available for those who register as vegan.
It is so wonderful to see military members stand up for their ethics off the battlefield, as well as the IDF recognizing veganism as an ethical identity, rather than just a dietary preference.
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