Yesterday Began The Great American Meatout 2018! Here’s Why You Should Join The Movement!
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.
If you haven’t already, there are so many reasons to take the pledge every day!
“Just by eating vegan for one day,” last year Meatout pledgers saved nearly a billion gallons of water, preserved 397,528 square feet of rainforest and spared the lives of 1,343 farmed animals.
Maintaining a vegan diet also promotes health and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegan diet not only reduces cholesterol and blood pressure, it helps maintain a healthy weight.
Check for local events taking place near you and help spread the word. A list of Meatout Day events is also available HERE!
May this be the first day of the rest of your plant-based diet!
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