For Immediate Release:
18 July 2017

‘Proggy’ Stands for ‘Progress’: New Strategy Swaps Chicken Schnitzels for Veggie Burgers in Schools

Sydney – As the new school term gets underway across the state, New South Wales Minister for Education Rob Stokes has received a Proggy Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia for implementing a strategy that directs school canteens to stop using fat-laden dairy butter and cream and encourages swapping chicken schnitzels for veggie burgers. In addition to the framed award, the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy will be featured on The Proggy Awards (“Proggy” is for “progress”) recognise animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture.

“School canteens are supposed to be a source of nourishment, not disease,” says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “We applaud Minister Rob Stokes for encouraging plant-based eating.”

One in four Australian children is overweight or obese, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – points out that Australian vegetarians are 15 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese than their meat-eating counterparts. More importantly, people who adopt a plant-based diet are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and save the lives of countless animals every year.

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