'Meatless Mondays' Spark Controversy at Chico State

CHICO, Calif. - The "Meatless Monday" movement has come to Chico State in the form of a proposal for the school's dining services and the university's department of agriculture is not happy about it.

The Chico for Animal Rights group and the Humane Society of the United States proposed a plan last week to introduce "meatless Mondays" at one of the five food stations at Chico State used by students living in the dorms.

"Meatless Mondays" is a national movement that has already been adopted by the University of California system, Duke University and at New York City schools.

The movement suggests cutting meat out of your diet one day each week.

The Chico for Animal Rights group and the Humane Society of the U.S. proposed the idea for the Sutter dormitories at Chico State so that on Mondays, students would receive more meat-free eating options.

David Daley, Dean of the College of Agriculture at Chico State, said the proposal was a "huge political move" and he and president of the Young Cattlemen Association said they thought it would represent Chico State in a negative way.

"We were more against the portion that Meatless Monday is a political campaign for the Humane Society of the United States," says Sara Avlia, president of the Young Cattlemen Association.  "The Humane Society has made it well known with their actions and lobbying tactics that they are not for animal agriculture."

The president of the Chico for Animal Rights group, Casey Shaffer said otherwise.

"The College of Agriculture, I think, took the idea of what it was and kind of exploded in something that is wasn't," says Shaffer.  "They are trying to say the humane society is anti-agriculture. I don't believe they are."

Shaffer will be meeting with the Humane Society of the U.S. tonight to discuss further planning on the "Meatless Mondays" proposal.  The plan is still under review by the Associated Dining Services.

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