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August 18, 2010

King County Passes Recognition Supporting Meatless Mondays

The Humane Society of the United States applauded the Metropolitan King County Council for passing a "recognition" supporting Meatless Mondays.

The action, introduced by Councilmember Julia Patterson (District 5), states that the council recognizes the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which serves as the scientific advisor for the national Meatless Monday campaign. The proclamation states that the campaign successfully promotes efforts "to reduce meat consumption by advocating vegetarian meals on Mondays, promote improved health outcomes, reduce the carbon footprint of King County, and alleviate animal suffering."

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Metropolitan King County Council for providing such important leadership on a critical issue," stated Dan Paul, The HSUS' Washington state director. "This recognition demonstrates the power that everyone has to protect animals, the environment and our health."

"I'm proud that King County has taken this opportunity to become a leader in advocating for improved health, sustainability and humane treatment of animals, simply by supporting the growing movement toward opting for meat-free foods more often," said Councilmember Patterson.

Facts

  • Increasingly, Americans are talking about and practicing a "flexitarian" diet. Cities from Baltimore to Cincinnati to Washington, D.C., are joining this growing movement by passing resolutions or enacting Meatless Monday programs in public schools.
  • In its efforts to combat the worst factory farming abuses, The HSUS encourages the Three Rs: reduce the consumption of animal products, refine the methods of animal production to eliminate the most inhumane practices and replace animal products with meat-free alternatives.
  • Most top restaurant chains—including Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday, Johnny Rockets, Denny's and IHOP—have instituted vegetarian options.
  • MSNBC reported that a quarter of Americans have increased the amount of vegetarian food they eat. The American Dietetic Association reported that "Twenty to 25% of adults in the United States report that they eat 4 or more meatless meals weekly."
  • Vegetarian cookbooks have recently topped the New York Times bestseller list, and Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart have publicly advocated for reduced meat consumption.

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