For Immediate Release: April 17, 2014

Contact: Jaya Bhumitra at 310-217-1519 or


Los Angeles, California—There are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make one of them meat-free? That’s the idea behind US VegWeek, a nationwide campaign empowering thousands of people—including US Representatives Henry Waxman and Barbara Lee, California State Senator Ted Lieu, and San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria, among others—to pledge to choose vegetarian foods for at least seven days as a way to discover the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating.

“I am delighted to take the 7-Day VegPledge,” stated Congressman Waxman. “Research shows that a plant-based diet can offer significant health benefits [and] is also good for the environment by reducing carbon emissions in our efforts to fight climate change.”

In addition, many local businesses—from Evo Kitchen in Los Angeles to Souley Vegan in Oakland to multiple Loving Hut and Sprinkles Cupcakes locations across the state—are offering US VegWeek specials, and everyone is invited to attend free events, including networking mixers and cooking demonstrations.

Compassion Over Killing, a national nonprofit animal protection organization, first launched VegWeek in 2009 with inspiration from Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin. He was the first lawmaker to take the 7-Day VegPledge—a pledge he’s kept to this day, declaring he is “aligning my morals with my menu.”

More than 50 million Americans are eating more plant-based foods while reducing or eliminating their consumption of meat. Former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, and even former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson are all touting the benefits of meat-free meals.

“Every time we sit down to eat, we can stand up for our health, the planet, and animals simply by choosing vegetarian foods,” said COK’s Campaigns Director Jaya Bhumitra. “And US VegWeek offers a fun and supportive way to get started. I’m proud to have my home state take a strong lead in US VegWeek.

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Compassion Over Killing is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization. Since 1995, COK has worked to end the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations, litigation, corporate campaigns, public outreach, and other programs. Online at .