Mixed views on meat idea

Colac butcher Michael Murnane says a controversial proposal for Victoria’s Parliament House to go meat free on Mondays could affect regional butchers and farmers.

A Colac butcher and Barongarook sanctuary owner and activist are the latest to weigh in on a controversial meat-free Monday proposal for politicians.

Western Victoria MP and Animal Justice Party member Andy Meddick last week called for Victorian Parliament House, its dining rooms and cafes, to go meat-free on Mondays in a bid to “collectively combat the climate emergency”.

Liberal Western Victoria MP Bev McArthur slammed the move, counter-calling for Victorians to eat lamb Sundays, eat beef Mondays, eat poultry Tuesdays, eat pork Wednesdays, eat game Thursdays, eat fish Fridays and eat free-range Saturdays.

Barongarook sanctuary owner, vegan and OCR FM Animal Nation radio show host Felicity Andersen said Mr Meddick’s proposal was “a positive step toward truthful discussion amongst politicians and in the wider community”.

“I think the fact it will inspire conversation about food choices and sustainability, and the harmful impacts animal agriculture is responsible for is great,” Ms Andersen said.

But Colac butcher Michael Murnane said he was concerned such a move, which Moreland City Council has already adopted, would impact on regional farmers and business in ways that would be invisible to city people.

“You need every customer that you can get nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder all the time, everything is just going up and up and up, stock costs and power costs, utility costs, everything is constantly going up,” he said.

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