Thursday, March 20th is Meatout 2008, an event that takes place in the United States and a dozen other countries around the globe. This year's focus is "Kick the Meat Habit -- It's Good for Your Heart."
The Great American Meatout is sponsored and was founded by FARM, the Farm Animal Reform Movement. The intent is to educate the population at large about the benefits of a meatfree diet. Apparently they've been doing this annually for twenty-four years. This is the first I'm hearing of it, so I don't know how obvious this is to the non-veg*n community. But I think it's a great idea. It's a great way to introduce omnivores to meatless eating.
Mostly, Meatout aims to spread the word about meatless eating. Here's a link to their list of events. According to their site, "Meatout supporters educate their communities and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to pledge to "kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains."
If you don't have any activities in your area, you can participate virtually. Join Meatout Mondays and get a weekly newsletter containing meatfree recipes (the site is undergoing renovation and some of the links are broken). Also VegDining.com is supporting Meatout 2008 by hosting a contest. Just write a review on a veg*n meal you've had recently at a veg*n eating establishment. You might just win a vegetarian prize!
Happy Meatout to all our Veg*n friends, and any omnivores who want to try a new way of eating! And just in case you need a reason to go meatless, you can read our response to the question "Why" (did you go vegan)?