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February 3, 2014

Laura Marano Stars in New Campaign to Promote Meatless Monday

  • Laura Marano of "Austin & Ally" lends her talents to the Meatless Monday poster campaign. The HSUS

  • Marano encourages her fans to join her and many others in going meat-free one day a week. Hayden Fowler/The HSUS

Laura Marano, star of the Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally," has taken on a new role in The Humane Society of the United States' first-ever Meatless Monday poster campaign.

Best known for her role as the shy songwriter Ally Dawson on "Austin & Ally," the 18-year-old actress, singer, and songwriter took time out of her busy schedule for a photo and video shoot to support the international Meatless Monday program and encourage fans to go meat-free one day a week to help animals and the environment.

The poster campaign launched at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, Calif. Laura joined students for a Meatless Monday lunch and spoke to a culinary class about the benefits of enjoying more plant-based meals. In addition, thousands of posters were mailed out to schools across the country encouraging students to participate in Meatless Monday. Laura wants her fans to know that Meatless Monday is a simple and effective way to help animals, go green, reduce food waste, and become healthier.

"Meatless Monday is a really cool idea that not only helps animals, but is also really healthy for our planet—and a person's health. It's exciting that making a small change like swapping out chicken nuggets for a bean burrito can make a big difference in so many ways!" said Marano.

 

Meatless Monday, now a popular international movement, was created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. In 2003, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health re-launched the effort with The Monday Campaigns to promote replacing meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet. Some of the nation's largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, Detroit, Public Schools, Buffalo Public Schools, San Diego Unified, and many more participate.

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.

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The current high levels of meat consumption in the U.S. support inhumane practices in industrial factory farms, and push small family farmers out of business. Eating less meat is better for animals, creates less waste and pollution, and places more value on humane and sustainable agriculture which benefits family farmers and generates more income for rural communities.

Marano joins countless celebrities who support The Humane Society of the United States including Paul Wesley, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Bella Thorne, Ian Somerhalder, Kristen Bell, and Kaley Cuoco.

For more information on Meatless Monday, visit humanesociety.org/meatlessmonday.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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