March 20th has long been recognized as the first day of Spring but for more than three decades it has also marked The Great American Meatout.
Since it was launched in 1985 by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), the Meatout has been encouraging people worldwide to explore the many benefits of eating a plant-based diet, for our health, our environment, and our animals.
As previously reported by WAN, Compassion Over Killing (COK) recently took over the tradition of Meatout as part of a new partnership with FARM.
March 20th has also been officially proclaimed “Meatout Day” by Mayors from across the U.S. including, as of yesterday, Ithaca, New York, which marked the occasion with a proclamation signed by Mayor Svante Myrick.
Tucson, Tacoma, San Antonio, Portland and Washington D.C., are also among cities that officially recognize Meatout Day, while, since 2015, the state of Delaware has been honoring the growing trend of skipping meat in favor of a plant-based diet following a Meatout Day proclamation by former Governor Jack Markell.
As per Meatout’s website, last year, more than 3,000 people took the Meatout pledge in nearly 100 countries around the world.