House Votes to Block Meat-Reduction Programs in Military
June 17, 2016

While the amendment offered by Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) that would have headed off future attempts to expand Meatless Mondays within the military failed this week to make it into the National Defense Authorization Act, a similar effort is now afoot in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The House moved on Thursday, June 16, to block the military from adopting meat-reduction programs, approving by voice vote an amendment to the Defense Department appropriations bill from Rep. Adrian Smith (Neb.).

"The push for 'Meatless Mondays' in our military is misguided at best, and goes against dietary guidelines. Our men and women in uniform should have the option to consume the protein they need, including meat, on a daily basis," Ernst said in a statement emailed to Meatingplace.

Ernst served in the military for more than 23 years before becoming the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United State Senate. She is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Farm Animal Welfare Coalition, of which the American Sheep Industry Association is a member, also weighed in on this issue in a letter to House members stating, "Meatless Mondays is an archaic invention of the animal rights movement under the guise that somehow reducing or eliminating meat consumption one day a week makes the environment better and improves human health. There is no scientific or anecdotal evidence that either scenario has any merit."