Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris is receiving praise for reducing her meat consumption.
The politician recently visited a vegan taco restaurant in Las Vegas alongside Second Gentleman of the US Doug Emhoff.
Harris reportedly ordered six vegan tacos and told staff she is ‘dabbling in veganism’ and only eats meat after 6 pm.
International non-profit World Animal Protection commended the VP for actively reducing her meat consumption.
‘Transforming the food system’
Joe Loria is World Animal Protection’s Meat Reduction Campaign Manager. In a statement sent to Plant Based News, he said: “As the nation’s second in command, she is leading by example.
“The United States consumes more meat per capita than any other large country. Therefore, it is critical that Americans reduce their meat consumption.
“By eating only meat-free foods before 6 pm, Harris is part of a movement of individuals transforming the food system.
“Meat reduction has the potential to put an end to some of the cruelest factory farming practices, such as extreme confinement, the overuse of antibiotics, and brutal mutilations.
“Additionally, it’s a great way to improve one’s health and safeguard our planet. By reducing the demand for meat, World Animal Protection expects that factory farming will be phased out.
“As overall meat demand declines, a shift towards practices that are more sustainable and kinder to animals will replace low welfare practices.”
The organization says it has also shared ‘valuable resources’ with the politician to make eating less meat ‘easy and delicious’.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Moreover, Harris has been under growing pressure to promote plant-based diets and go vegan.
Earlier this year, the JIVINITI Women’s Foundation called on the administration to take a plant-based approach to tackle COVID-19, and address food insecurity, chronic illness, racial and gender-based structural inequality, and climate change.
Borough President of Brooklyn Eric Adams has backed the initiative. He said: “I wholeheartedly support the coalition in initiating these vital conversations focused on women of color in the US. And, for marginalized women worldwide.
“We must turn food deserts into food oases, particularly in communities of color where nutritional foods are scarce.
“Switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet taught me about the transformative power of what’s on our dinner plate. With the new Biden-Harris Administration in office, it’s time we take this conversation nationally.”
JIVINITI’s petition urging Harris to go vegan has now exceeded 4,000 signatures. You can sign the petition here