Image: Seattle mom, Megan Murphy delivers petition to Wendy Weyer, School Nutritionist. Photo courtesy of the Humane League.
On Tuesday, Seattle mom Megan Murphy delivered petitions with more than 1,500 signatures from parents and students to Seattle Public Schools’ child nutrition department asking the district to implement Meatless Mondays.
Dozens of U.S. school districts have joined the Meatless Monday movement, a popular international campaign originally created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. It was revived in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and The Monday Campaigns to promote cutting out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.
School districts in some of the nation’s biggest cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Diego are going meat-free one day a week to encourage students to eat healthier, more plant-based meals to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.
“Encouraging students to take a vacation from meat one day a week with Meatless Monday will do wonders for their health and academic performance,” said Rachel Huff-Wagenborg, Seattle Director for The Humane League. “It’s a great way to get kids eating healthier while reducing their carbon footprint and sparing animals from suffering on factory farms.”
“Schools have an incredible opportunity—and responsibility—to help get kids eating healthy as they’re developing habits that will stick with them for a lifetime,” said Megan Murphy. “For the sake of our children’s health and the health of the planet, I hope Seattle Public Schools will embrace Meatless Monday.”
The Humane League advocates for taking a once-a-week vacation from meat as a way to promote personal and public health, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the inefficient use of natural resources, and to decrease the number of animals raised in cruel confinement on factory farms.
For more information, visit TheHumaneLeague.com