There are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one of them meat-free? That’s the idea behind VegWeek, a nationwide (and increasingly international) campaign empowering thousands of people to pledge to choose vegetarian foods for at least seven days as a way to discover the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating. Every time we choose a meat-free meal, we can protect our health, the planet, and animals!
What’s in it for you?
In addition to the benefits noted above, when you sign up to take our 7-Day VegPledge, you’ll receive lots of deals, discounts — and you might win prizes — from companies like Beyond Meat, Follow Your Heart, Herbivorous Butcher, and Upton’s Naturals.
How did VegWeek get started?
Compassion Over Killing first launched VegWeek in 2009 with inspiration from then Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin – now U.S. Congressman – who commented during a media interview that a simple way each of us could help the protect the planet is to choose vegetarian foods at least one week out of the year. Since Rep. Raskin represented the Maryland District where COK is based, we reached out to him about his idea, and together we created the first-ever Takoma Park VegWeek celebration — and he was the first person to officially sign up for our 7-day Veg Pledge!
Energized by his now mostly vegetarian diet, which he refers to as “aligning my morals with my menu,” Rep. Raskin continues to encourage others to make kinder, greener, and healthier food choices — and he’s helped VegWeek expand to reach thousands of people nationwide.
Congressman Raskin is in good company. Millions of Americans, including former President Bill Clinton, Jessica Chastain, Miley Cyrus, and John Salley are touting the many benefits of choosing more plant-based meals. In fact, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture, meat consumption nationwide has decreased 12% since 2007.