Colorado Governor declares March 20th as “MeatOut Day”

Yvonne O'Halloran

March 20, 2021 is “MeatOut Day” in Colorado, according to Governor Jared Polis. He declared this new statewide holiday to promote meat-free diets to constituents.

The MeatOut initiative isn’t new: animal rights group Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) started it in 1985. FARM wanted to educate people about the benefits of a plant-based, vegan diet. Governor Polis joined governors and mayors in 40 other states by signing a proclamation supporting MeatOut.

The proclamation shares how beneficial it is to cut meat out of one’s diet, saying “Removing animal products from our diets reduces the risk of various ailments, including heart disease, high-blood pressure, stroke, various cancers, and diabetes and a plant-based diet helps protect the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, preserving forests, grasslands, and wildlife habitats, and reduces pollution of waterways.”

According to the proclamation, since MeatOut’s launch, “more than 35 million Americans have explored a plant-based diet and reduced their consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs; and major food manufactures and national franchises are marketing more vegan options in response to this growing demand.”

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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