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Chicago Health Commissioner Says, ‘Go Veg!’

Written by PETA | January 12, 2009
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Elephants in the circus

In 2008, we were wildly impressed with Chicago. The White Sox’s U.S. Cingular Field was ranked number five on our Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks list for its vegetarian food selections. Now, Chicago’s health commissioner, Dr. Terry Mason, has launched his “Re-Start” campaign, which asks Chicagoans to go vegetarian for January. This year, Mason has decided to go vegetarian permanently in order to lead the way for other Chicago residents to slim down their waists and lower their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Well Chicago, you’ve stepped it up a notch in 2009, and we’re impressed!

We could probably all learn something from the Chicagoans (except for, you know, auctioning off senate seats and whatnot).

P.S.: Countdown to the White Sox home opener: 84 days and counting! Any guesses as to what they might add to their long list of vegetarian options?

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Alissa says:

    this is impressive..good job chicago. if other states could just follow the trend and thereby other countries then what a revolution!!..Go veg!

  • Will says:

    Some good news from here in Chicago. It’s too bad that Mayor Daley still thinks that the city Ordinance PASSED last year banning Foie Gras in city restaurants is a waste of time and is “not justified in enforcing” by city Inspectors. I guess there’s still too much money in “luxury food” so tough luck for the forcefed geese and ducks and what was a victory for animal rights really doesn’t matter here in Chicago.

  • Brian Luznak (Still No MD In Sight) says:

    It’s happening folks. The world is certainly opening its eyes. And just think it has only been about 100 years since Upton wrote his eye opening book the jungle. What’s next Chicago’s Health Commissioner? How about free veggie dogs to anyone considering a meatfree diet!

  • roxanne says:

    NYC needs to do this as well. However I doubt it since we have the worst corrupted unethical politicans

  • Lindsey says:

    Psstt…it’s US CELLULAR field Awesome article about my hometown makes me happy.

  • Meech! says:

    This is absolutely fabulous it’s this kind of progressive exemplary action that America’s heads hearts and wallets can benefit from. As for Dr. Mason’s political track record… well I haven’t done my research!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Good news from the city that once boasted the world’s largest meatpacking district. Apparently there’s only one slaughterhouse lamb and veal left but the owner doesn’t “get it.” “I like to say this is a good sign for world peace” he says. “We have Christians Muslims and Jews all working side by side with knives and nobody’s stabbing each other.” Obviously not world peace for all. If you won’t go veg for the health of yourself or the animals do it for our ailing planet httpwww.audubonmagazine.orgfeatures0901viewpoint.html

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