22 April 2010

Elected officials pledge to go vegetarian during Maryland VegWeek


This Saturday, April 24 marks the start of Compassion Over Killing’s week-long celebration in Maryland highlighting the benefits of choosing vegetarian foods. Maryland VegWeek will kick off in Takoma Park with several elected officials including Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD-4), Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20), Senator David Harrington (D-47), Delegate Tom Hucker (D-20), and Montgomery County Council Vice President Valerie Ervin who have all pledged to go vegetarian for the course of the week.

“Every time we choose vegetarian foods, we’re helping build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world,” says Compassion Over Killing Executive Director Erica Meier. “And Maryland VegWeek highlights these benefits as well as the increasing availability of meat-free foods in restaurants and grocery stores in and around Maryland.”

Councilmember Ervin, who will be presenting a Montgomery County Proclamation officially declaring Maryland VegWeek 2010, stated, “We have to model the behavior that we want to promote, especially when we are dealing with issues related to healthy lifestyles, animal welfare and environmental stewardship.”

The Maryland VegWeek Kick-Off Party takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church. The week-long celebration includes daily free events, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition lectures. For more information visit MarylandVegWeek.com.

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