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September 12, 2012

HSI Calls on Global Leaders to Adopt Meatless Monday

Humane Society International

  • The Meatless Mondays movement continues to grow globally every year. HSUS

Humane Society International representatives urged global leaders to consider animal welfare issues related to intensive animal agricultural practices in formulating policy solutions to the challenges of agriculture, food security and climate change.

Influential institutions such as HSI, governments from around the world, the World Bank and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization met last week at “Hunger for Action,” The Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The conference, which included a high-level ministerial meeting, adopted as part of its outcomes the promotion of sustainable consumption as a way to reduce waste in the food chain.   

HSI drew attention to Meatless Mondays, a growing international movement to reduce meat consumption and incorporate meatless options one day per week. “For a world of reasons, Meatless Mondays makes good sense – good for animals, good for the environment, good for the long-range problems of food security, and good for our health,” said HSI Farm Animal Welfare Director Chetana Mirle, PhD., who met with key stakeholders at the conference.

Meatless Monday is a popular international movement that began in the United States during World War I and was revived in 2003 with backing from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Check out Humane Society International’s Meat-Free Guide for great ideas to get you started, and share this award-winning video with your friends.


  • Approximately 70 billion land animals were raised around the world for human consumption in 2010.
  • Intensive farm animal production systems, or “factory farms,” account for approximately two-thirds of the world’s poultry meat and eggs, and more than half of all pork, harming animal welfare and the environment.
  • Animal products generally have larger water footprints than non-animal products.  For example, beef production requires more than 50 times as much water per ton as vegetables.
  • In the U.S., an average household shifting from a red meat and dairy to a vegetable-based diet just one day a week reduces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving about one thousand miles less per year.
  • Animal agriculture is a key contributor to climate change, deforestation, water pollution and water use.


Media Contact: Rebecca Basu, 301-258-3152, rbasu@humanesociety.org

Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world's largest animal protection organizations—backed by 11 million people. For nearly 20 years, HSI has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—On the Web at hsi.org.