“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
– Albert Einstein
There are people in the world who believe that there is no reason that mankind should go on eating animals, and there’s plenty of arguments to support this stance. Both the environment and our health can benefit from excluding meat and animal products from our diets and living on all plant derived food. Additionally, there’s a lot of cruelty in today’s meat industry, and this amount of suffering can be alleviated by fewer people eating meat. Hug A Vegetarian Day honors those who have taken this step to live a cruelty free life by removing meat from their diet.
History of Hug A Vegetarian Day
The history of Hug a Vegetarian Day is tied to the history of PETA, the organization that founded it. For people who don’t know, PETA means “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”, and was founded by Ingrid Newkirk in 1949. After experiences working in an animal shelter she became abhorred at the treatment of the animals there and started speaking out about it. In 1980 the organization of was founded in Rockville, Maryland, until it moved 16 years later to Norfolk, Virginia. From there it has grown and become a very well-known symbol for the fight against animal cruelty.
Hug A Vegetarian Day was established to show recognition and appreciation for those that have made the, often difficult, transition to a meat free and animal-product free lifestyle. Being a vegetarian isn’t always easy, your food options tend to be limited at restaurants, and there’s a strange social hostility against those who choose to not consume animals. Since vegetarianism first started becoming a popular dietary move, there have been a lot of vegetarian options entering the market and today it’s relatively easy to find an alternative to anything left behind in the transition. So give these brave souls a hug to thank them for the animal lives they save, and the difficulties they sometimes face in their race to save our animal friends.
How to celebrate Hug A Vegetarian Day
PETA sponsors a hug pledge program, where you can sponsor with a pledge to give hugs to all the Vegans and Vegetarians you meet. You could always start there, or just go out and hug the vegetarians and vegans you know and thank them for living a cruelty free life and honoring our fellow animals rather than consuming them.