Great American Meatout Day

The Great American Meatout Day, celebrated on March 20 every year, is a holiday that seeks to sensitize Americans and global citizens to the health and environmental benefits of depending on other sources of food than farm animals.


The Great American Meatout was launched in 1985 in protest of the U.S. Senate resolution proclaiming National Meat Week.

The Great American Meatout Day is a pro-vegan holiday that has been championed by the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) since 1985. This holiday aims to sensitize members of the public as to the environmental risks of regarding meat as such a high-demand food option, particularly as much of that meat is from farm animals.

The Farm Animal Rights Movement is an international nonprofit organization working to promote a vegetarian lifestyle and the protection of animal rights through public education and sensitization.

FARM was established in 1976 as the Vegetarian Information Service which aimed at distributing information on the benefits of a vegetarian diet. It would then change identities again five years later in 1981 when it became the Farm Animal Reform Movement.

The Great American Meatout Day was launched in 1985 in protest of the U.S. Senate resolution proclaiming National Meat Week. It has since grown into one of the world’s largest annual grassroots diet education campaigns.

The March 20 date of the holiday is also the first day of spring, and as such, is symbolic of an opportunity to start a new chapter. 

FARM encourages people to ditch the meat lifestyle and take the opportunity of the first day of spring to begin their vegan or vegetarian journey.

The occasion is observed each year by activists all across the U.S. and 24 other countries.

Let’s Do It | MEAT OUT AMERICA | March 20th

P.S. We have plenty of time to plan, shop and prepare. We would so love if everyone who follows Tuesday’s Horse would take part. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.

Did you know?

Ben Franklin was a vegetarian.
Early American vegetarian cookbooks emerged in the late 1800’s.

Founding father Ben Franklin was a passionate vegetarian. So were Louisa May Alcott, Mahatma Gandi, Albert Einstein and Nicola Tesla.

Check out these most excellent resources.


60 Best Vegetarian Meals | The Modern Proper (5 stars)*.

50 Best Vegetarian Dinner Recipes! Feasting at Home, by Sylvia Fontaine (5 stars)*.

89 Vegan Recipes That We Just Love for Dinner | Bon Appétit (a treasure trove).

Kid-Friendly Vegan Dinners: Recipes Kids Love, Eating by Elaine, 40+ recipes (wonderful).

35 Easy Vegetarian Recipes For Kids, Insanely Good Recipes (they are not exaggerating).

*Website visitor rated.

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