2016 Declared "Vegan Awareness Year" by Eugene, Oregon Mayor
There are hundreds of daily designations for the calendar’s 365 years, many of which get lost in the fold and lose their relevance. Catherine “Kitty” Piercy, the Mayor of Eugene, Oregon, has made a bold statement by declaring 2016 “Vegan Awareness Year.” Her collaboration with the Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) is lauded by the local veg*n communities. Lin Silvan, founder and Executive Director of EVEN, has said:
“We applaud Mayor Piercy for once again demonstrating her leadership and commitment to sustainability. This mayoral proclamation also empowers us all to align our lifestyles with compassion and nonviolence.”
Back in 2012, Piercy declared a Vegan Awareness Weekend in the city. Both proclamations are meant to encourage local businesses and community members to make vegan choices in their daily lives. Seeing elected officials use their status to discuss issues of animal rights and environmentalism is quite refreshing and is right in line with how the course of our conversations about health and the environment have been heading, thanks to films such as Cowspiracy and celebrities‘ denouncement of animal agriculture. The more respected officials who speak out against the terrors of factory farming, the more the general public can become aware and take action. Keep it coming, lawmakers!
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