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LA City Council Adopts Meatless Monday Resolution

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LA City Council Adopts Meatless Monday Resolution

From Compassion Over Killing (COK)
November 2012

Victory: LA City Council Adopts Meatless Monday Resolution and Emily Deschanel Expresses Her Support!

On Friday, Nov. 9, the Los Angeles City Council officially introduced and unanimously passed a "Meatless Mondays" resolution (PDF) to "encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals." Compassion Over Killing worked closely with council members on this initiative, and we applaud the city for inspiring Angelenos to choose meat-free foods at least once a week.

Los Angeles is now the third—and the largest—city in the US to adopt a Meatless Monday resolution, following Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, Calif.

"When dealing with issues as big as global warming, or even as personal as battling diabetes or obesity, it's easy to feel helpless, like there's little we can do to make a difference," said Los Angeles Councilmember Ed P. Reyes, who co-authored the Meatless Monday resolution. "But the small changes we make every day can have a tremendous impact. That's why this Meatless Monday resolution is important. Together we can better our health, the animals and the environment, one plate at a time."

Co-author Councilmember Jan Perry continued that "Meatless Monday is about raising awareness. It is not a requirement, but rather a call for all of us to think about our environment, the food we eat, and how we can be a part of making ourselves healthier."

School districts and hospitals across the country are also joining the Meatless Monday movement, a campaign launched by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to empower individuals to start their week with healthier food choices.

According to a poll conducted by the American Meat Institute, 18% of Americans are going meat-free on Mondays. Notable campaign supporters include Oprah Winfrey, Emily Deschanel, and even Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.