Veganism ‘must be stopped in its tracks’, according to New Zealand politician Shane Jones.
Jones, the regional economic development minister, made the comments in an interview published by the NZ Herald.
He wants to introduce legislation which he says would protect the meat and dairy industries from plant-based alternatives.
‘We should not tolerate it’
He said: “This notion of veganism and almond powder or something akin to that is going to replace genuine red meat, genuine dairy milk, it needs to be stopped in its tracks.
“We should not tolerate, we should not acquiesce for one inch of the political journey with these people who are continuing to stigmatize and demonize our legacy industries, and I don’t care if I sound politically backward saying that.
“I’m an accurate reflection of people who have had a gutsful of our legacy industries being talked down.”