Elected environmentalists banned from eating meat in public: the decision that divides Switzerland

There will soon be no rib steak on the menu during the official meals of Swiss ecologists. This Saturday, the Geneva Greens, meeting in annual congress, indeed voted for a charter prohibiting them from consuming meat in public.

The text, which should come into force next year, specifies that elected officials will undertake to “adopt a minimum vegetarian diet during plenary meetings, working sessions, official meals or any other event” where they will be required to go. “in the capacity of Deputy or Councilor of State”.

If the proposal is in line with ecological ideology, which postulates that the (over)-consumption of meat is harmful to the planet, it still divides the party. The text was only adopted by a narrow majority: 53 members voted for, 45 against, and 16 abstained.

Some Greens welcomed the proposal, like MP Sophie Desbiolles: “The Vert-exs have chosen to act responsibly in the face of the climate emergency and the collapse of biodiversity“, she commented in the media Geneva Home Information. “I am very proud to be green and thank them“.

“A sectarian drift”

Other party members considered that the charter went too far and constituted an obstacle to freedom. “When we are able to say what we have the right to eat and drink, we are able to say how to dress, how to think. The food diktat reflects a sectarian drift”, judged the resigning deputy Christian Bavarel in The weather.

Instead of gathering around a legitimate cause, we will rather divide“, for his part regretted the deputy Boris Calame.

Faced with the turmoil caused internally, the party decided to proceed to a new vote on the subject during its general assembly on June 11.

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