CA Senate Passes Mandatory Vegan Prison-Food Bill

State prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals may soon be required to have at least one plant-based meal option.

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The California Senate unanimously passed SB 1138 which would require facilities such as nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, and other state institutions that provide medical care to patients and inmates to serve at least one plant-based food option. The bill was authored by California state senator Nancy Skinner and supported by plant-based medical group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. “Offering plant-based meal options is a great way to give people healthy choices and reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions,” Skinner said. “But most importantly, I want to make sure we’re being fair and giving those in institutional settings food options that meet their individual needs.” Earlier this month, the California state senate passed SB1249, a bill that proposes a statewide ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Both pieces of legislation will have to be approved by the California Assembly before being signed into law by the governor.