A vegan expert has commended the new Christmas menus for prison inmates across England - which include several plant-based offerings.
The festive dishes, which have been announced on gov.uk, will be available at facilities in England, and will vary from prison to prison.
PETA Director Elisa Allen told PBN: "Offering vegan meals can help support prisoners' rehabilitation and improve their health, while also saving taxpayers money.
"Some jails - including the William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility, the highest-security prison in Alabama, US - have found that giving inmates vegetarian or vegan meals can be a successful part of a violence-reduction programme.
"And of course, every plant-based meal served at a correctional facility - or elsewhere - helps spare animals a miserable life and painful death."
At Her Majesty's Prison [HMP] Littlehey near Huntington in Cambridgeshire, inmates will be able to tuck into a vegan nut roast, while at HMP Lincoln, prisoners can enjoy a vegan schnitzel served with roast potatoes, carrots, and sprouts.
Vegan prisoners won the right to animal-free products in jail in 2009, following a 15-year-campaign by the Vegan Prisoners Support Group [VPSG].
The right allows inmates to order ethical food and toiletries by mail order if there are none in the prison shop.