The tradition of “Meatless Mondays” began during World War I as a means of rationing food for the soldiers overseas, and for the first time in over a half a century, cafeterias on Capitol Hill are abandoning the program in response to the modern campaign’s alleged political nature.

Proponents of “Meatless Mondays” claim the campaign discourages the consumption of meat in order to promote health and reduce the environmental impact of meat production. However, opponents of “Meatless Mondays” say that the matter is a political attack.

“‘Meatless Mondays’ is an acknowledged tool of animal rights and environmental organizations who seek to publicly denigrate U.S. livestock and poultry production, alleging we provide unhealthy foods, while contributing disproportionately to climate change and environmental damage,” argue livestock groups opposed to the “Meatless Monday” campaign.

It has been decided the promotion will discontinue in the House cafeterias.

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