Obesity rates are climbing across the country, with one exception: Washington, D.C., is the only area in the U.S. to see a decline in the adult obesity rate. Some people may cite Michelle Obama’s healthy eating challenges for D.C.’s flab-less makeover, but it seems that PETA’s work to encourage the city’s residents and visitors to adopt a vegan diet is having an impact. Check out other ways PETA is getting involved in D.C.:
In addition to having more than 60 stands for our vegetarian/vegan starter kit around D.C., PETA also organizes more than 15 animal rights outreach events per week. There have been patriotic vegan food giveaways outside gross, flesh-filled barbecues; volunteers have served vegan food to the homeless; PETA’s “cow,” “chicken,” and “pig” mascots have handed out free vegan recipes; we’ve dispensed more than 250,000 pieces of animal rights literature over the past year; we’ve put up banners; and that’s not all. We are also promoting buying cruelty-free products, stopping NASA’s cruel monkey tests, and helping make D.C. free of fur, leather, wool, and silk!
Written by Katie Arth, PETA’s D.C. area organizer