Iowa Senator Proposes Legislation Against Meatless Mondays in U.S. Military
In a not-so-subtle display of corrupt priorities, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R) recently introduced federal legislation intended to block the Department of Defense from spending their budget on the Meatless Monday campaign or any other program meant to reduce how much meat military personnel eat. It should come as no surprise that the senator, a representative from the state who produces the most pork and eggs in the U.S., received nearly $200,000 from agribusiness during her 2014 campaign.
The radical idea of eating entirely plant-based for one out of seven weekdays is, apparently, an outrageous suggestion for Senator Ernst, especially when considering America’s troops. The proposed amendment is attached to the National Defense Authorization Act. Oddly enough, The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. military does not currently participate in the once-weekly meat-free program, nor does it have plans to do so in the near future.
Paul Shapiro, vice president of The Humane Society of the United States, stated:
“This whole issues makes me wonder is Sen. Ernst is putting Iowa agribusiness interests over our interest in our military.”
This Tuesday the Senate did pass the NDAA, but did not vote on Ernst’s amendment.
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