Amid all the cost-cutting and tax increasing that the Los Angeles City Council is proposing, there’s one more thing the council would like you to give up: meat. Just on Mondays.
The council unanimously approved a resolution last week endorsing the international “Meatless Monday” campaign that began as a nonprofit initiative of the Monday Campaigns Inc. in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future.
The city will encourage residents to abstain from meat and go vegetarian one day a week for health and environmental reasons. According to the campaign, cutting back on meat can reduce risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
I would add one more good reason to go meatless every now and then. Abstaining from some animal products even for just a few meals here and there is a significant way to lessen dependence on killing animals for food, particularly under grim factory farm conditions where animals are often treated cruelly. And, yes, even animals raised to be killed for food deserve relatively cruelty-free lives before they end up on our plates.