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’.
“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.”
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.”