An amendment offered by Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb) was recently approved during House floor consideration of the Department of Defense fiscal year 2017 appropriations package. The amendment calls for a prohibition of funding for any DOD efforts to impose so-called “Meatless Mondays” on the armed forces.
In recent years, the Humane Society of the United States has influenced the U.S. Coast Guard to incorporate its “Meatless Mondays” campaign in foodservice offerings to its military members. According to sources, including Politico, the Coast Guard has reduced its meat consumption by as much as 10 percent in three years.
The Farm Animal Welfare Coalition—of which AFBF is a member—submitted a letter to all representatives urging support for the Smith amendment.