The two bold bits I have issues with.
Firstly to say that eating meat in unhealthy is to disregard basic nutrition. Eating meat CAN be unhealthy. So when you say the ‘unhealthy eating of meat’ that comes across as saying eating any meat is unhealthy (even if that’s not strictly speaking what was said) which is likely to push some people away from signing the petition unnecessarily.
More than that it seems very authoritarian to claim that if it is unhealthy, people should be banned from doing so. That shouldn’t be part of your petition. Unless you want to ban the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and too much chocolate etc.
I don’t think that’s the aim of the petition although if that was intentional and you agree with it, I do apologise.
With regards to animals being abused it obviously isn’t limited to the meat industry, and a law against it doesn’t mean that it will stop. I don’t think I need to go into more detail. I’m sorry if this comes across as splitting hairs but it is about a change in law, and you have to be VERY careful with what you say before changing a law, making a law, getting rid of a law. Phrasing is a huge part of it, because if it’s not clear, it can have multiple interpretations which can be very damaging and dangerous.
Furthermore I doubt that most people signing the petition are against eating meat, but instead using animals to produce meat.
For instance if one were to find an animal that died unrelated to human interaction, I doubt many would have an issue with consuming that animal. If I were to say that I don’t mind if you eat me when I die, I died (unrelated to the previous statement) and then someone ate me (and I’m an animal like the rest of you of course ) that you’d take particular issue with that in itself.
With that in mind it might have been wiser for the petition makers and signers to instead come out with a more preciously worded petition, no offence but, I can’t bring myself to sign that for the above reasons. I do agree with veganism, and am a vegan, but banning the eating of meat just seems insane, and that petition calls for a piece of legislation that frankly scares me.
Note: The first part I put in bold doesn’t make sense as far as I can tell .
The second part could do with being ‘and its citizens’ otherwise it reads as if the citizens are the government.