The University of Edinburgh Students Association is the latest body to join the anti-meat campaign following a bad-tempered meeting where agricultural students were denied a voice before being shown the door.
The student body was discussing a motion ‘To cease the sale of all beef products in Student Association cafes and restaurants.’
An accompanying motion demanded the University followed suit in all its catering outlets.
The motions were backed by various ’statistics’ gleaned from sources such as the BBC website, anti-farming activist George Monbiot and his employer, the Guardian newspaper.
The motions had gathered 530 signatures in support before the debate.
Although 17 agricultural students attended the meeting intending to oppose the motion they were they were not allowed to speak.
Most were subsequently escorted out of the building on the hotly denied grounds that they were not matriculated students.
John McCulloch, a Scotland’s Rural College (SRC) student branded the result of the debate, which saw the motion passed by 51 percent of those allowed to as vote as ‘an absolute joke’.
He managed to stay in the meeting after the majority of the agricultural students were asked to leave on the grounds that they were only matriculated to SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and not the University.
When that move failed the agricultural students were told to leave for health and safety reasons because the room was too crowded.
Mr McCulloch said: “As students the first thing we are told is not to rely on statistics from the media when making a case but that is exactly what happened.
"It is very worrying that the motion was passed to move onto the next stage which is an online ballot of all students.”