As part of Animal Rights Day at the Knesset, vegan dishes were served in the MKs` cafeteria. The dishes that were prepared for the MKs by chefs Ori Shavit and Kobi Peretz included eggplant and tomato lasagna with soy, tofu cutlets, tofu skewers with Indian curry, peppers stuffed with rice and lentil, polenta with mushrooms and nuts, and more.

The Knesset committees were also scheduled to discuss issues related to animal rights, while the plenum and the Lobby for the Protection of Animals were set to hold special debates on the topic.

Animal Rights Day: Vegan lunch in the MKs` cafeteria, special committee and plenary debates

Vegan meal at the Knesset (Photo: Itzik Harari)

The vegan meal was initiated by MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), and no less than 15 MKs from most of the parliamentary groups accepted her invitation to taste the vegan dishes: MKs Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Camp), Yael Cohen Paran (Zionist Camp), Yael German (Yesh Atid), Nurit Koren (Likud), Eitan Broshi (Zionist Camp), Sharren Haskel (Likud), Yoel Hasson (Zionist Camp), Abdullah Abu Maaruf (Joint List), Dov Khenin (Joint List), Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp), Amir Ohana (Likud), Miki Zohar (Likud) and Michal Rozin (Meretz). The event was also attended by television presenter Miki Haimovich, who is promoting the ”Meatless Monday” initiative all across the country.

All of the lawmakers who attended the event noted the importance of encouraging the consumption of food in a manner that is less harmful to animals. Some of the MKs called to promote legislation on the matter.

Animal Rights Day: Vegan lunch in the MKs` cafeteria, special committee and plenary debates

(Photo: Itzik Harari)

MK Zandberg, a vegan, said ”We must continue to raise awareness about the vegan food issue. This is Israeli food – tasty, fresh, very diverse and even cheap.”

The meal was prepared with the cooperation of Sodexo, which operates the Knesset`s cafeterias.