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March 27, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States Praises UNC Charlotte for Joining the Meatless Monday Movement

Charlotte, NC University Brings Meat-Free Options to Students

The Humane Society of the United States is praising The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for joining the ever-growing, international Meatless Monday movement.

UNC Charlotte is participating in Meatless Monday by increasing its meat-free options on Mondays and educating students about the benefits of eating more meat-free meals. Students will be able to choose from fresh new dishes such as Pineapple Curry Tofu, Vegetable Lo Mein and Chef's Veggies.

Chartwells Dining Services at UNC Marketing Director Charlotte Lindsay DePrey said: “UNC Charlotte Dining Services is committed to ensuring the good health of our students, and being a good steward to our planet and animals, which is why we’re participating in Meatless Monday.”

Karin Olsson, outreach manager for farm animal protection at The HSUS said: “If each American chose meatless options just one day a week, more than a billion animals would be spared from factory farms each year, our health would improve, and our environment would be better off. We’re so pleased that UNC Charlotte is the latest school to show that Meatless Mondays can also be a delicious way to start the week.”

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

Although Americans are eating less meat than we were just five years ago, representing the first significant decline in domestic meat consumption in decades, meat consumption at current levels is just not sustainable. The HSUS promotes programs like UNC Charlotte’s Meatless Monday to accelerate this positive trend toward reduced meat consumption.

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.

Facts:

  • Meatless Monday is an international movement to promote the public health benefits of reduced meat consumption. Other important effects include animal welfare benefits and a more environmentally sustainable diet.
  • Polls show that 50 percent of people in America are aware of Meatless Monday and that roughly one in five are participating in it.
  • People who eat fewer animal products can have lower rates of weight gain, dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease and other health problems than people who eat a typical American diet.

To sign up for a weekly Meatless Monday recipe via email or text message, visit

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/eating/meatfree-guide-2011/.  

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

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