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Press Release 2009

For Immediate Release
Subject: International Vegetarian Week

October 1-7 is International Vegetarian Week (WVW), supported by vegetarian, animal rights, environmental and other groups, to reduce the environmental, medical and many other problems associated with meat, milk and other animal products.

This period was chosen because it includes several annual related celebrations,” stated WVW organizer Mateus Mendes. “These include: World Vegetarian Day on October 1, World Farm Animal Day and International Day on Non-violence on October 2 and World Animal Day on October 4.”

The goal of this initiative is to highlight for everyone an easy way to better personal and environmental health. Vegetarianism is a choice being made by increasing numbers of people due to its comprehensive advantages.

"Nothing human beings can do would benefit the environment more than a dramatic reduction in meat consumption. The impact of such a change on the gases in the atmosphere would be phenomenal, and would be a huge step in reducing the ominous threat of global warming," states world-famous author John Robbins, patron of this WVW.

Director of Veg Climate Alliance Dr. Richard Schwartz says that a vegetarian week is more important than ever as “it is increasingly apparent that the world is rapidly approaching an unprecedented catastrophe from climate change and other environmental threats."

"A 2006 UN report indicated that animal-based agriculture emits more greenhouse gases (in CO2 equivalents) than all the cars and other means of transportation worldwide combined (18% vs. 13.5%)," stated Jens Holm, former member of the European Parliament.

According to Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "the 18% figure is an underestimate; it's a low estimate and in actual fact it’s much higher." According to Dr. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, "new figures now indicate that at least half of the greenhouse gases... and maybe considerably more are due to livestock production."

“There would be many other benefits from a major shift to non-animal diets,” stated medical doctor António Paiva, “including a reduction of heart disease, several types of cancer, diabetes and other chronic and degenerative diseases as well as swine flu and other infectious diseases that very likely originate in animal farming and the meat industry."

There’s a lot to get involved with on WVW: vegetarian talks, workshops, panel discussions and video viewings; meetings with society leaders, educators and others; organising campaigns such as calling for a meat free day per week; preparing vegetarian meals for friends and family; offering vegetarian gifts or discounts for vegetarian products; or simply distributing leaflets.

For more information about WVW and getting involved visit

This Press Release is endorsed by:

John Robbins, author and patron of the WVW

Foundation Brigitte Bardot

World Vegetarian Week

Veg Climate Alliance

Agire Ora Network, Italy

Centro Vegetariano, Portugal

Compassionate Action for Animals, USA

Concern for Helping Animals in Israel, Israel

Dansk Vegetarforening, Denmark

Eco-Eating, USA

European Vegetarian Union (EVU)

EVA - Ethical Vegetarian Alternative, Belgium

EVANA - European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance

FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), USA

Global Meat Free Petition

God's Creatures Ministry, USA

Green Lifestyle Film Festival, USA

IIG Glücklich leben ohne Fleisch

Indian Vegan Society, India

Jews for Animal Rights (JAR), USA

Jewish Vegetarians of North America, USA

Leilani Farm Sanctuary, USA

Oriente no Porto - Alternativa Multicultural, Portugal

Pro-iure-animalis, Germany

Romanian Vegetarian Society, Romania

San Francisco Vegetarian Society, USA

Schweizerische Vereinigung für Vegetarismus, Switzerland

SVB - Sociedade Vegetariana Brasileira, Brazil

Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians, USA

The Vegetarian Mitzvah, USA

Tierschutznews, Switzerland

Toronto Vegetarian Association, Canada

UVE - Unión Vegetariana Española, Spain, Italy


VEGAN 2050

Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, Hawaii

Well-Fed World, USA

Winnipeg Vegetarian Association, Canada


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