Has anyone else read this story? Apparently the NZDF better known as the New Zealand Defence Force whose mission is "To secure New Zealand against external threat, to protect our sovereign interests, including the Exclusive Economic Zone, and to take action to meet likely contingencies in New Zealand’s area of strategic interest.” Recently turned away resident Jack Burns because he is a vegan, a spokesperson for the NZDF told media outlet Newshub that…
Strict vegans cannot be accepted because NZDF cannot guarantee adequate food in training and on deployment. “Members of the NZDF are required to be capable of deploying into austere environments without easy access to catering for specific dietary requirements,” the spokesperson said. “Those who have specific dietary choices must be willing to eat alternative options (ie. animal products) if their diet can’t be catered for. We do, however, provide as many options as possible for vegetarians on bases and camps, and in some field ration packs.” My question is who needs to change here Burns or the NZDF? Why not use this as a reason to change the way you supply and nourish your troops rather than turn someone away. In fact according to the NZherald in an article published earlier this year New Zealand ranked 3rd in the top 10 vegan countries so what am I missing here?