Colorado Governor Accused Of 'Betraying Cattle Ranchers' After Declaring Statewide Meat-Free Holiday Polis recently signed a proclamation to officially mark March 20 as MeatOut Day - Media Credit: Twitter

Colorado Governor Accused Of ‘Betraying Cattle Ranchers’ After Declaring Statewide Meat-Free Holiday

'A plant-based diet helps protect the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, preserving forests, grasslands, and wildlife habitats'

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis is being accused of ‘betraying cattle ranchers‘ after declaring a statewide meat-free holiday.

Polis recently signed a proclamation to officially mark March 20 as MeatOut Day, calling on citizens to eschew from eating meat.

The initiative was founded by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) back in 1985. It aims to ‘educate consumers about the benefits of a healthful, plant-based diet’.

Meat-free holiday

“Removing animal products from our diets reduces the risk of various ailments, including heart disease, cancers, and diabetes,” the proclamation states.

“A plant-based diet helps protect the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, preserving forests, grasslands, and wildlife habitats. It also reduces the pollution of waterways.

“Since MeatOut was launched, more than 35 million Americans have explored a plant-based diet and reduced their consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs. And, major food manufactures and national franchises are marketing more vegan options in response to this growing demand.”

Backlash

However, the politician has received backlash for promoting the initiative, with critics saying the pledge ‘betrays cattle ranchers’.

Moreover, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association has retaliated by encouraging the public to participate in ‘Meat In Day’ on March 20 instead.

“On this day, CCA encourages Colorado to meet in a restaurant and order your favorite meat dish,” the association said.

“The goal of this day is to not only promote the benefits of meat consumption to Colorado. But, to also patronize our local businesses, and restaurants, that’ve been deeply affected by the economic struggles of COVID-19.”

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Stella K
Stella K
1 year ago

Cattle ranchers: you’ve been betraying humans (their health and their climate) for your own profit–so too bad about the holiday. Everyday should be animal meat-free day.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella K

Here’s to hoping

Leta McDaniel
Leta McDaniel
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella K

Cattle ranchers haven’t betrayed humans. Humans have betrayed small business and cattle ranchers. Especially humans that think they are doing the right thing by ignoring their fellow man. I’m sick of all you snow flakes that move here from Cali and bring your Damn politics and cancel culture crap. Go back to wherever it is you came from.

Stella K
Stella K
1 year ago
Reply to  Leta McDaniel

Those that market and sell a product that is poor for people’s health and the environment are betraying us all. They are doing it for their own financial gain. If broccoli caused cancer, heart disease, and shortened life spans, I would say that broccoli farmers are betraying us all. You are trolling your own political views without any regard for science or facts. Please enlighten yourself with real facts that haven’t been corrupted by conflicts of interest. Like most people, you have been indoctrinated by the big moneyed interests of the meat, dairy, and egg industries. Break free from their grip on your mind: that is true freedom, if you really value that.

Robert Donelson
Robert Donelson
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella K

You need to have the daylights beat out of you by a smoked turkey leg!!

Peter
Peter
1 year ago

Good for him!

Leta McDaniel
Leta McDaniel
1 year ago

People are carnivores that’s how it’s always been until one day someone got offended. Some think you go to the store and get your meat and that somehow the grocery store makes it so that no animals are harmed. Let’s do this, I won’t tell you what to do if you stay out of my business.

Stella K
Stella K
1 year ago
Reply to  Leta McDaniel

“People are carnivores” is factually incorrect. Please educate yourself on the dietary requirements for humans. Those that follow a 100% plant-based whole food diet live the longest on the planet. Look it up. Also, if you eat meat, dairy, and eggs you are contributing to climate change that does effect all of us (and future generations). So, yes, your under-informed food choices are my business.

Randy Riehl
Randy Riehl
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella K

You are correct about people not being carnivores, we are omnivores. Please educate yourself about the rest of the nonsense that you are spewing. We evolved to eat plants, fish, meats, and fowl. There is no definitive study that shows vegans live longer, look it up! Herbivores don’t have gallbladders, look it up! The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver to help us digest animal protein and fats. People that eat every thing in moderation live as long as anyone else. A healthy lifestyle includes all things in moderation, good sleeping habits, and exercise. Just because someone is vegan doesn’t mean they live a healthy lifestyle. Many Veagans use sugar to compensate for the lack of flavor in their diet, definitely not a healthy life style choice.

Stella K
Stella K
1 year ago
Reply to  Randy Riehl

Randy, please, keep calm. I never said a vegan diet is always healthy, so your straw man argument is dead-on-arrival. Direct quote from my short reply (did you even read it all before you were triggered?): “Those that follow a 100% plant-based whole foods diet live the longest on the planet.” This is well documented, for a very long list of the publications in peer-reviewed journals, visit http://www.nutrionfacts.org. And, as for all things in moderation, does that include crack cocaine, tobacco, arsenic, leeches, and blood-letting? Moderation in diet that includes meat, dairy, and eggs will lead to moderation in dying; but, to live the longest life with the longest health-span, a plant-based whole-foods diet is the best one to follow. That is what the unbiased science proves. No amount of politics or opinions can contradict this, but only muddy the waters with ignorance.

Randy Riehl
Randy Riehl
1 year ago
Reply to  Stella K

What you are claiming is not true. The website you posted is biased and full of exaggerated claims to promote a plant based lifestyle. When meat eaters vs vegans where both groups are not overweight, are non smokers, don’t use recreational drugs, don’t abuse alcohol, get healthy amounts of sleep, and exercise regularly there is no significant difference in health or longevity. https://chriskresser.com/do-vegetarians-and-vegans-live-longer-than-meat-eaters/

Stella K
Stella K
1 year ago
Reply to  Randy Riehl

Randy, please, keep calm. I never said a vegan diet is always healthy, so your straw man argument is dead-on-arrival. Direct quote from my short reply (did you even read it all before you were triggered?): “Those that follow a 100% plant-based whole foods diet live the longest on the planet.” This is well documented, for a very long list of the publications in peer-reviewed journals, visit http://www.nutrionfacts.org. And, as for all things in moderation, does that include crack cocaine, tobacco, arsenic, leeches, and blood-letting? Moderation in diet that includes meat, dairy, and eggs will lead to moderation in dying; but, to live the longest life with the longest health-span, a plant-based whole-foods diet is the best one to follow. That is what the unbiased science proves. No amount of politics or opinions can contradict this, but only muddy the waters with ignorance.

Shar Mann
Shar Mann
1 year ago
Reply to  Randy Riehl

You’re right, Vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you are eating
healthfully. However, if you eat a whole food plant-based (WFPB), with moderate to no sugar, oil, and salt (SOS) diet, there are numerous scientific empirical, peer-reviewed, published studies which show you will live without the horrific diseases that meat, eggs and dairy produce. And the meat for which you speak of was wild and lean meat, eating a foraged natural diet, not factory farmed, mass produced, antibiotic infused, hormone-enhaand processed meat of today. I could site studies all day but here’s one just published: Journal of the American Heart Association 2021;10:e015553

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