By Bev Hahler on
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The bi-partisan city council and mayor of America's Finest City has unanimously signed a proclamation declaring October 2nd to be the start of "San Diego Veg Week." The Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) is asking residents to go veg for the week to prevent animal cruelty, protect the environment and improve their health.
The proclamation can be viewed at www.sdvegweek.com, which also includes info on events taking place throughout the week and vegetarian discounts being offered at various restaurants. The proclamation's sponsor Councilmember Todd Gloria, as well as Assemblymembers Lori Saldana and Pedro Nava are pledging to go vegetarian for the week.
"October 2nd is the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi, who was vegetarian as part of his belief in non violence," says the proclamation. "Other great social justice leaders, such as Cesar Chavez, Coretta Scott King, and Dexter Scott King chose to be vegan to promote compassion to animals."
The proclamation also highlights:
- the landslide victory of last election's Proposition 2, in which Californian voters outlawed some of the cruelest factory farm practices
- reports from the UN that a "global shift towards a plant based diet is vital to save the world from hunger, energy shortages, and the worst impacts of climate change"
- statements from the American Dietetic Association recognizing plant based diets as an effective way to avoid heart disease and cancer.
"For the last several weeks, we have been signing people up outside of supermarkets and at street festivals to pledge to go veg for the week," states APRL campaign coordinator Sara Goldsmith. "For last year's Veg Week over 500 people took the pledge, and we will exceed that number this year."
"For individuals concerned about preventing animal cruelty, protecting their environment, or improving their health, the number one thing they can do is reduce or eliminate animal products from their diet," states Bryan Pease, Esq., co-founder and board chair of APRL. "Veg Week offers a fun, supportive environment for doing that and trying out new foods."