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December 2, 2013

Binghamton University Joins Meatless Monday Movement

The HSUS praises university for bringing meat-free options to students

Students at Binghamton University are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their dining halls on Mondays and filling their trays with dishes such as balsamic grilled Portobello sandwich, California vegetable quesadillas, tofu vegetable pizza and vegan stuffed peppers.

The university recently joined the international Meatless Monday movement and is participating by offering increased meat-free options and educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods. The new program earned praise from The Humane Society of the United States.

The Meatless Monday campaign, now a popular international movement, began in 2003 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.

The HSUS advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

High demand for meat pressures farmers to opt for more industrialized production systems where they can lose touch with the animals. These systems also squeeze smaller farmers who have a harder time competing with factory farms.

Media Contact: Anna West, awest@humanesociety.org, 301-258-1518

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