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From 17 April 2005 Issue

Eating In Peace: Meat-Free Zone & Friends of Animals Forge Alliance
By Edita Birnkrant

Friends of Animals recently joined with the Meat-Free Zone Campaign, and a symbol of endorsement from Friends of Animals will appear on Meat-Free Zone vegan signs in restaurants throughout New York City. Because we believe a plant-based diet is the most direct and holistic form of animal rights activism, we’re committed to supporting the community of vegan restaurants. To this end, we publish Vegan Restaurant Guides, a source of information for diners in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle – with more to come. And now, restaurants listed in our Vegan Restaurant Guides will be displaying Meat-Free Zone vegan signs with our symbol.

Andy Glick, founder of the Woodstock Animal Rights Movement (WARM), came up with the idea of the Meat-Free Zone about five years ago. Andy was operating the WARM store in Woodstock, which was completely vegan — a Meat-Free Zone in itself. Andy thought it would be appropriate to have a sign up that let customers know that his store did not contain any animal products at all. From there, the idea sprang.

The Meat-Free Zone campaign has been in effect now for about two years. “The signs are meant to be a logo or symbol of a meat-free and cruelty-free lifestyle, very similar in effect to the smoke-free zone campaign,” says Andy. From homes and workplaces to restaurants throughout North America, the idea is spreading. “Our intention,” says Andy, “is to eventually gain acceptance for the Meat-Free Zone as the standard of living rather than the exception.”

The mailing address for Woodstock Animal Rights Movement (WARM) is:

P.O. Box 746
Woodstock, NY 12498 USA

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