(VEGEAN/VEGETARIAN) Since 1985, the first day of spring has become one of the largest campaigns for compassionate living, Meatout Day. Every year on March 20th, the Great American Meatout is celebrated across the globe to promote the benefits of switching to a wholesome vegan diet.

Read on to learn how mayors nationwide are urging residents to skip meat and help put an end to using animals for food. — Global Animal

Photo Credit: FarmUSA.org
Photo Credit: FarmUSA.org

Mayors Nationwide tell Citizens to Go Vegan March 20 for “Meatout Day”

BETHESDA, Md. – Mayors of major cities, and even the governor of Delaware, have proclaimed March 20th “Meatout Day” in their domains, and urge residents to skip meat and “explore a nutritious and wholesome diet of vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains.”

Mayors from Tacoma, Wash. to Titusville, Fla. have all issued proclamations that a vegan diet protects our forests, grasslands and other wildlife habitats, and substantially reduces methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide emissions that produce global warming; conserves water and reduces pollution of our waterways and oceans by crop debris, fertilizers and pesticides; eliminates the inefficiency of converting plant-based foods into animal-based foods and helps preserve cultivable land, topsoil, water, energy, and other essential food production resources.

During Meatout, celebrated in all 50 states and several countries, thousands of people hold cooking demonstrations, meetups and potlucks, film screenings, or hand out samples of delicious vegan foods. Meatout is the world’s largest and longest-running grassroots diet education campaign, established in 1985 by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), a national nonprofit organization advocating the end of using animals for food.

Switching to a vegan diet . Photo credit: ML Harris/Getty Images<
Switching to a vegan diet can help save the lives of over 10 billion animals each year in the U.S. alone. Photo credit: ML Harris/Getty Images

A wholesome vegan diet promotes health and reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that debilitate and kill millions annually. According to the American Dietetic Association, a vegan diet reduces cholesterol and blood pressure, and helps maintain a healthy weight.

Leading scientists and organizations endorse a plant-based diet for environmental reasons, and the United Nations says a vegan diet is “vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.” Animal agriculture is the leading contributor of methane and nitrous oxide, two greenhouse gases that are far more powerful than carbon dioxide emissions. Plant-based diets also require less water and reduce pollution of waterways and oceans.

Last but not least, a plant-based diet would prevent the needless suffering and death of over 10 billion sentient animals each year in the U.S. alone.

An individual who commits to eating a vegan diet for just one day would spare the life of .5 animals, preserve 148 square feet of rainforest, and save 3,700 gallons of water.

Similar proclamations have been issued in the past by thousands of mayors and the governors of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

For more information, visit http://www.meatout.org.