Los Angeles Veggie Pride Parade
Parade on April 26th celebrates healthy vegetarian lifestyle and Green environmentalism
By Robin Rowe
Protesting global warming at 2008 NYC veggie parade
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 4/25/2009 – “The meat industry presents one of the largest environmental threats we face and is the leading cause of air, land, and water pollution worldwide,” says talk show star Ellen DeGeneres. “Factory farming, and the suffering of billions of cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals, is one of the most pressing issues of our time.”
Animal Acres executive director Lori Houston is the organizer of the Los Angeles Veggie Pride Parade. On Sunday, April 26th, thousands of “vegheads” and citizens favoring animal rights and a Green planet will converge on Culver City for the first Los Angeles Veggie Pride Parade, inspired by
similar events in New York City and France.
Veggie Pride Parade participants will gather at Culver Events building to begin a 5K walk through Venice. A post-parade rally and expo will celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle, with special guest presentations, music, a smorgasbord of vegan food from top vegetarian restaurants and a costume contest. Many participants will be wearing costumes and carrying signs to educate people about the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a vegetarian diet.
“Vegetarian living is good for the Earth, the animals, and you!” says Veggie Pride Parade organizer Lorri Houston. “A recent UN report found the meat industry is the #1 cause of global warming. Vegetarians have a 30% less risk of heart disease and billions of suffering farm animals would benefit.”
Special guest speakers at the event include Rory Freedman, author of the New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch with over two million copies sold worldwide. “Rory was recently on the Ellen DeGenerous Show,” says Houston. “She convinced Ellen and partner Portia de Rossi to go vegan.” DeGenerous is the chair of the Animal Acres Gala Benefit on September 5th.
Another special guest speaker is Karen Dawn, author of Thanking the Monkey, Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, one of 2008′s top new books according to the Washington Post.
Veggie Pride festivities begin at 11am at the Culver Events Building with registration, a pre-march rally with veg entertainment, and a special keynote speaker before the historic march. The 5K walk through Venice begins at noon. After the march is a rally to celebrate the vegetarian lifestyle with great food and cruelty-free shopping with Veggie Pride Parade sponsors.
Animal Acres Top Ten Reasons to Go Veg
#10. Cut the crap! Farmed animals produce more than a million pounds of manure per second, a leading cause of air and water pollution.
#9. Be lean. Each year in the U.S., an estimated 300,000 adults die of causes related to obesity. Vegetarian diets are 25% lower in fat.
#8. Love animals. Don’t eat them.
#7. Be Green. Livestock-produced methane is the #1 source of global warming. You can reduce your carbon footprint on the Earth more by going vegan, than from switching from a Hummer to a Prius.
#6. Live a long, healthy life. Vegetarians have a 30% lower risk of death from heart disease.
#5. Stop animal suffering. Most people could not stomach eating meat if they saw how it’s produced in in factory farms and slaughterhouses.
#4. Got Water? About 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk. The meat industry wastes more water than any other industry. It takes 240 trillion gallons per year to raise farmed animals and irrigate feed crops.
#3. Help world hunger. A vegetarian diet can feed significantly more people. More than 840 million people in the world are malnourished, yet over 70 percent of the U.S. grain harvest and 80 percent of its corn harvest is fed to farmed animals.
#2. Good karma. “You can judge the moral progress of a nation by its treatment of animals”, said Mahatma Gandhi. “Spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”
#1. Look good and feel good. Vegheads just look marvelous, are pretty people.
LA’s first VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE
Sunday, April 26, 11am to 4pm
Culver Events Building
11948 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
West of Rt. 405, between Venice Beach and Culver City
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