The American Meat Institute (AMI) is urging Baltimore Public Schools to reconsider its decision to hold “Meatless Mondays,” noting that meat and poultry products are an essential part of a balanced diet.
“Meatless Mondays” an initiative sponsored by the Grace Spira Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The name Spira refers to animal rights activist Henry Spira, founder of Animal Rights International.
“Surely you have always offered a vegetarian option on your menu,” AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle wrote in a letter to Andrés A. Alonso, chief executive officer, Baltimore City Schools. “Now you are removing a meat or poultry entrée on Mondays and depriving children and their parents of the ability to determine what is appropriate for their diets and their own personal circumstances.”
Boyle urged Alonso to visit the Project’s series of videos to better understand the organization behind the initiative. These videos seek to manipulate and mislead children through a cleverly produced, but factually inaccurate cartoon takeoff of the film “The Matrix.” Ultimately, the group seeks an end to the
“I am confident that you are concerned not just about the education of your students, but also about their health and nutrition status. I urge you to reconsider this decision and allow children every day that they attend school to access the most nutrient-dense food available: meat and poultry products. Your children, in particular, deserve this choice,” Boyle concluded.