A city-proclaimed vegan challenge - the first of its kind nationwide - has been declared in Asheville, North Carolina.
The 'Official Vegan Challenge Week', which runs from June 4 to 10, coincides with the Asheville VeganFest, which starts Friday, June 8 and finishes that Sunday.
Endorsed by Mayor Esther Manheimer herself, the event is a collaboration between the city, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and regional hospital Mission Health.
The City Of Asheville has released an official proclamation, signed by Manheimer, which outlines both official events, as well as the motivation behind them.
Giving a brief overview of the 'impacts of our food choices on the well being of animals, human health, the environment, wildlife extinction, and climate change' - the document notes data pertinent to said choices.
Facts noted include the 70 billion plus animals killed in agriculture annually, the 'Sixth Great Mass Extinction of Species' we're currently in the midst of, the mortality rate associated with diet-related ailments, and environmental factors such as climate change and deforestation.
Indicated also in the document is that the city is 'committed to improving the quality of life for its citizens; and to sustainable growth and development'.
Asheville goes so far as to encourage not only individual citizens - but businesses and institutions - to participate in the week-long event.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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