As most of you already know, it is the 25th annual Meatout Day! It's a day set aside for people to choose to eat something else. And why should they? Because eating meat (and animal products) harms the environment, human health, and supports a cruel industry. If you are against animal cruelty and eat animals, consider today about your contribution to that industry.
And of course, there would have to be opposition to having one day to ask people to refrain from eating meat animals. Earlier this week I read that Michigan's governor proclaimed today (March 20th) as Michigan's Meatout Day. I wrote a letter to the editor of the paper after reading the article (you can read it on this page here).
I'm a Michigan native, born and raised, and almost all my family still lives there. Talked to my mom this morning, who said that the meat industry is campaigning against the Meatout Day there, citing that they will lose money if people stop eating meat for a day. (But someone else's company will get money, because the people will still eat, so funds are still flowing, just not to their greedy pockets. Perhaps those other companies should fire back, because they will lose money!).
Checked their local news and found that indeed there is opposition. Check out this article here, where a state representative is instead proposing that the day be called the "National American Meat and Poultry Appreciation Day." Sheesh, give me a break!
You know what this shows? That vegetarianism is becoming more widely known, is being taken more seriously, and that it is scaring the you know what out of the meat industry. After all, 97 percent of people eat meat in this country. So why are they so concentrated on and fearful of the 3 percent who don't and try to spread the message about a more compassionate lifestyle, that also happens to be better for their health and the planet?
What comes to mind is a famous quote by Margaret Mead:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Happy Meatout! Spread the message, send your support to your representatives and write letters to the editor (it's the one section of the paper that most people actually read!).