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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2003

Contact on day of event: lauren Ornelas 530/848-4021

Great American Meatout Comes to State Capitol

Those at Capitol to receive free vegan lunch

Sacramento, CA Animal Place, the Animal Protection Institute and Viva! will be at the Capitol on March 20th serving free vegan food as part of the Great American Meatout which asks people to "kick the meat habit" for a day or a lifetime for their health, the environment and for animals.

When: Thursday, March 20 at noon
Where: West steps of the Capitol

This is the 19th annual observance of the Great American Meatout. The date, the beginning of spring, is symbolic of rebirth and renewal.

Organizers of the event in Sacramento want to share how delicious vegan meals can be, as well as the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Vegan hot dogs and burgers complete with delicious toppings such as relish and sauerkraut will be served along with delicious vegan cookies!

Video footage of a Viva!Ős undercover investigation of pig farms in the US will also be shown. "When Pigs Cry" shows how mother pigs are kept in crates so small they cannot walk or even turn around.

Some Facts to consider:

  • According to the American Dietetic Association vegetarian diets are associated with a reduced risk for obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and kidney disease.

  • Vegetarians have a 24% reduced risk of heart disease

On March 20, hundreds of events will be taking place around the U.S. as well as a number of other countries from Australia to the Ukraine.

About sponsors: Viva! is part of an international organization that has its USA headquarters in Davis, conducts investigations of factory farms and campaigns on their behalf (530/759-8482); the Animal Protection Institute based in Sacramento has been fighting animal abuse and exploitation for over 30 years (916/447-3085); Animal Place is a farmed animal sanctuary based in Vacaville (707/449-4814)