FAQ

Q: What is Meatout?
For nearly 30 years, Meatout has been internationally celebrated every March 20th as a day where the general public is encouraged to pledge to eat no animal products for a day or as however long as they'd like.

Q: Why Meatout?
The public is starting to realize how detrimental animal consumption truly is and the many benefits of a plant based diet. The benefits of a plant based diet are also being appreciated by noted and familiar figures in the media. After suffering for years with heart issues and weight gain, Bill Clinton now credits the vegan diet for his revitalized health [1]. Clinton isn't the only one though, with other noted vegans such as Ellen DeGeneres and Paul McCartney [2] often glowing about the diet and its importance.
But why are people switching to a plant based diet and why should you consider participating in Meatout? The three reasons:

  1. Billions of animals are merciless tortured and slaughtered every year in the meat industry.
  2. Agriculture is a leading cause of global warming and other environmental issues.
  3. A majority of the illnesses faced in the United States stem from animal consumption.

Q: What can a plant based diet do for the world?
By only making small changes to your diet, you'll be sparing animals and saving the planet. To break it down simply:

Pledging to eliminate animal products for 1 to 2 days a week:
Spares 28 animals a year
Preserves 770 square ft. of rainforest a year
Saves 190,000 gallons of water a year
Pledging to eliminate animal products for 3 to 4 days a week:
Spares 85 animals a year
Preserves 23,000 square ft. of rainforest a year
Saves 578,000 gallons of water a year
Pledging to eliminate animal products for 5 to 6 days a week:
Spares 141 animals a year
Preserves 38,000 square ft. of rainforest a year
Saves 964,000 gallons of water a year
Adopting a full-fledged vegan diet:
Spares 200 animals a year
Preserves 53,000 sq. ft. of rainforest a year
Saves 1.3 million gallons of water a year

Q: What can a plant based diet do for me?
Recently, we have seen modern medicine speak out against the traditional Western diet. It's becoming quite clear that animal consumption is the leading cause of many illnesses the public faces, including cancer and heart disease [3].
In turn, it is common to see people take back control of their health by switching to a vegan diet. Who could blame them? The results are in and they are telling. Studies find that those who pursue a vegan diet are "less likely to suffer from hearth disease, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity" [4].
Read more about what you can do for yourself this Meatout here.

Q: What is the pledge?
The Meatout pledge is a form you fill out acknowledging that you want to give the vegan diet a try. If you sign our pledge, we'll help you stay on course with your commitment. We will send you e-mails with recipes and other useful resources to help you when you need it.
Find out more and take the pledge here!

Q: Who organizes Meatout?
Meatout is coordinated by FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement), a national nonprofit, public interest organization headquartered in the nation's capital. Although FARM coordinates the annual campaign, our coalition who also supports the campaign through events and publicity is large and can be located here.