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Vegan prisoners have demanded better food after complaining their sandwiches are too soggy.

They say the simple vegetable fillings served to them at lunchtime are not appetising enough, and have called for 'equal opportunities' to other inmates.

The Vegan Prisoners Support Group has sent a 12-page recipe booklet to catering staff at every prison in England, Wales and Scotland to promote more inventive vegan meals.

Dicontent: Vegan prisoners have demanded better food saying the simple vegetable fillings served to them at lunchtime are not appetising enough

The Vegan Sandwich, Baguette and Wrap Fillings cook-book suggests fillings including butterbean and fresh herb spread and peanut butter and hummus paste to replace the current offerings of lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

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In a statement on its website, the group said it had 'been busy with our efforts to ensure equal opportunities for vegan prisoners' after inmates complained their sandwiches 'often arrived soggy and inedible, and asked if we could compile some suggestions for healthy, tasty fillings'.

It added its recipes were 'economical as well as tasty and nutritious' as catering staff have to work with a 'very limited budget'.

Although justice ministers have pledged to make prisons places of hard work and punishment to reform more inmates, an insider said they still pander to criminals.

'It's a sad day when we are basically told that we have to tell our catering staff to start cooking a whole bunch of new recipes because some vegan prisoners are complaining about soggy salad sandwiches,' he said.

'If we don't follow the recipe book you can be sure we'll be dumped on from a great height and lectured about the rights of all prisoners.

'The very fact that this is an issue just shows you the kind of stuff prison officers and staff have to put up with on a daily basis - catering to every whim of 80,000-odd thieves, rapists, murderers and child abusers.'

It is estimated about 1 per cent of prisoners in the UK are vegan - meaning they refuse products which involve the use of animals.

A Prison Service spokesman said dietary requirements are met by prisons, and any suggestions to improve inmates' food will be considered 'as long as it does not increase costs'. The average cost of prison food is £2.10 per prisoner per day.

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Lettuce cucumber and tomato sandwiches every day? I know prison needs to be a punishment but surely that is verging on torture.

I'm quite surprised that 1% of UK prisoners are estimated to be vegan, that sounds higher than the general population.
 

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Its a sad day when we are basically told that we have to tell our catering staff to start cooking a whole bunch of new recipes because some vegan prisoners are complaining about soggy salad sandwiches, he said.

If we dont follow the recipe book you can be sure well be dumped on from a great height and lectured about the rights of all prisoners.
 

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I vaguely remember an article in The Vegan, about the notorious Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, about how most of the prisoners were on vegan diets, because the usual fare was so bad.
 
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