Danish Parliament Members Accept A 22-Day Vegan Challenge

Vegetarians of Washington

A group of Danish parliament members, from both the Alternative and Red-Green Alliance parties, have recently pledged to go vegan for 22 days to raise awareness about how animal agriculture devastates the environment.

“Going vegan for 22 days is not going the save the world in itself,” Red-Green Alliance’s environmental secretary Maria Gjerding said in an article posted on vegnews.com, “but it’s a great opportunity to put the focus on Western consumption of animal products and the environmental and animal welfare problems it causes.”


Last month, in the United States, numerous politicians in San Diego abstained from meat as part of the VegWeek campaign launched by animal-rights group Compassion Over Killing.

“VegWeek is a free, fun, and flavorful way to explore the many benefits of vegan eating,” Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing told San Diego news station Fox 5 at the time referring to the event that took place April 17 through April 23 this year. “Our dietary choices have far-reaching impacts on our health, the planet, and animals, and every time we choose plant-based foods, we are helping to build a better world.”


The San Diego officials who participated include California Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-Chula Vista and Todd Gloria, D-San Diego; State Senator Toni Atkins, D-San Diego; San Diego City Council members Georgette Gomez, Chris Ward and David Alvarez; San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot; and San Diego Unified School District Board Members Kevin Beiser and John Lee Evans.

In addition, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, issued a proclamation honoring those who participated “for the significant contribution that their participation will have on reducing cruelty and increasing sustainability among our community’s food sources.”

The idea for a National Vegetarian Week (NVW) originated in the UK, according to vegsource.com. Following a successful national veg day in 1992, it was expanded to a week in 1993. While both of those were at the beginning of October, it was decided that the campaign would be more effective in the UK in the late spring when fresh local produce is in season, so it was moved to May in 1995.



You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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