The conflict between meat eaters and vegetarian/vegans is a long running one, with strong feelings on both sides of the fence. A recent news story involved Priestlands School in the New Forest, who had an established programme of food production as part of their curriculum. They came under fire after a parent complained that they were raising pigs to send to slaughter, and that this was unethical with children involved. The school initially returned the pigs to their former owner after pressure from animal rights groups, and a strong opposition to sending them to a sanctuary instead of the slaughterhouse.
The school, who has carried out this programme for a decade, then consulted with parents about whether they should bring back the pig rearing programme and 97% supported the decision to continue with the food and farming initiative and so the pigs have returned. It is an important thing for children to learn about in order to equip them with enough information, from all sources, to make a decision for themselves about whether they eat meat or not.
More recently Edinburgh City Council decided to implement a meat free Monday meal programme and the decision has been challenged by Quality Meat Scotland as a lack of support and understanding for the red meat industry in Scotland. Already facing difficulties thanks to Brexit based uncertainty QMS is striving to protect the industry and ensure it establishes strong support at home and abroad. The banning of meat based meals on Mondays seems like a threat to the foundations of the industry and it remains to be seen whether the vegetarian only Monday meal plan works out.