Urge Kamala Harris to Stand Up To Mike Pence on “America’s Meat” Consumption
This alert is included in a post today on Animals 24-7 that provides a useful introduction to the politics of U.S. gov’t farm policy issues.
Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris has made vague but potentially more invigorating suggestions that she favors educating the public about the damaging effect of “red” meat on the environment, climate, and human health. She said she’d consider changing the U.S.’s dietary guidelines to encourage people to eat less meat. At a CNN town hall meeting in 2019, she expressed support for “creating incentives that we will eat in a healthy way” and “that we will be educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment.”
At this prospect, Vice President Mike Pence scoffed in a recent campaign speech to Iowa farmers: “Well I’ve got some red meat for you. We’re not going to let Joe Biden and Kamala Harris cut America’s meat.”
The Huffington Post reported that “Social media lit up after Pence made his remarks, with commentators pointing out that they were looking forward to the vice president engaging in meat debates with Harris on the national stage.”
Favoring Harris’s remarks, an August 14 article on indy100, Mike Pence ridiculed for claiming Kamala Harris and Joe Biden want to stop Americans eating meat, reminded readers that:
Harris' concerns are echoed by the United Nations, who found in 2019 that the main contributors to the extinction crisis are farming and overfishing, followed by meat and dairy production. During their annual report on climate change, the UN also encouraged people to swap to a plant-based diet to help mitigate the effects of climate change.
What Can I Do?
One month from today, on Wednesday evening, October 7, Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will meet on the vice presidential debate stage. Urge Sen. Harris to use this platform and others to inform the American people how vital it is that we replace animal products – not just “red” meat – with nutritious, compassionate, environmentally-regenerative plant-based foods. Urge her to use her powerful position and commanding voice to argue – for the sake of our health, animals, and the planet – that choosing plant-based foods is a winning vote for the future.
Email Kamala Harris:
Address/Phone/Fax for each of Harris’s six offices: https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/offices.
Click on each office image for postal service address, phone & fax numbers.