“No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles” – so read the news headline from November 2012. Could this be true? Oh yes.
The LA City Council had just adopted a resolution on October 24 that declared “all Mondays as ‘Meatless Mondays’ in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals.”
The three stated assumptions made by the California initiative are:
- Eating 1/7 less meat on the west coast of the United States helps the entire world survive (“comprehensive sustainability”).
- Eating more vegetables is good for human health.
- Eating more vegetables protects animals.
Of those three assumptions, the first is highly debatable, the second is almost certainly truthful.
The last assumption, while accurate, is simplistic and ethically biased: Humans are carnivorous by nature. We can survive on a vegetarian diet as long as the proteins and fats that are provided by meat come from plant sources. We farm vegetables to produce enough for our needs and we raise livestock to provide meat. The belief that a beef cow needs protection from slaughter stems from philosophical views (such as Hinduism) and political animal rights activists (such as PETA supporters).
Seven years ago, Los Angeles councilwoman Jan Perry introduced the idea for government officials to influence the local dietary policy, including 15 points supporting eating no meat one day a week – that day being Monday. One of those persuasive arguments came from – guess who? – the United Nations position that “livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.”
According to UN thinking, the livestock industry represents the worst aspects of gluttonous, greedy, ignorant first-worlders – people who don’t live in squalorous “sh*th*le” countries (as U.S. President Trump put it). Americans are used to living off “the fat of the land” and that fat doesn’t come from soybeans.
The iconic symbol associated with the U.S. in other parts of the world is the cowboy. What’s a cowpoke without a herd? The national food is an all-beef patty fried in grease and, with some luck and planning, crisscrossed with bacon strips. Most Americans eat meat.
Yet, the political powers in Los Angeles catered to a nonprofit group that calls itself Compassion Over Killing – what a name – which “encourages people to choose vegetarian foods as a way to help build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world, and works with businesses throughout Los Angeles County to ensure vegetarian meals are readily available to consumers.”
The give-away that LA politicians are working hand-in-glove with the UN globalists who aspire to international dictatorship can be found in the resolution’s title: GREEN LA. Any government program with the term “green” is a red flag for using bad science to promote a questionable course of action.
Meatless Mondays aren’t really about saving poor dumb animals or beating back the epidemic of obesity plaguing Americans. It’s about totalitarian UN control expressed through local governments using the unproven and controversial notion that the planet is heating up to extinction levels due to human carbon emissions. Just read the first part of the official GREEN LA Resolution which equates eating no meat to lower global temperatures, of all things:
“WHEREAS, in 2007, the City of Los Angeles adopted GREEN LA: a progressive action plan to lead the nation in fighting global warming, which includes the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting clean technology, reducing air pollution, conserving water, and more…”
But wait, there’s more. Further research uncovered the fact that Meatless Monday is a concept that dates back to World War I (1914-1919) when “the U.S. Food Administration urged families to reduce consumption of key staples to aid the war effort.”
Uncle Sam wagged his finger and proclaimed that “Food Will Win the War.” The federal government urged Americans to help win the War to End All Wars by observing not only Meatless Mondays but Wheatless Wednesdays.
Do you hear any global alarmists coming out in favor of no bread on Hump Day? Why not?
The answer is because Meatless Monday is a convenient tool of the pro-veggie UN and its political stoolies whereas Wheatless Wednesday is not.
There is a war on famine in the United States and there is no denying that many people around the world go hungry. But getting rid of grazing lands in the name of global warming is a highly questionable “solution” to easing global starvation.
One observer whose family eats meat sparingly lived with poor people in the Caribbean and South America who couldn’t afford meat protein. Those folks would have welcomed a chicken in every pot or a juicy hamburger. Speaking for many meat-eaters, Kip Hansen wrote:
“The issue for me is yet another pie-in-the-sky, totally impossible to implement, bubble-headed plan to save the planet from climate change by imposing bizarre restrictions on the free-will choices of the people of this (and other) countries.”
Another opinion that questions the heavy-handedness behind the UN policy of global meatlessness stated:
“The anti-animal agriculture narrative and plant-based diet agenda combines political ideology and commercial interests. This ‘movement’ is insidious, unsavory, and cannot be ignored by those who value liberty and consumer choice.”
People who don’t want to eat meat certainly don’t have to. But there is no good reason why government agencies should get away with telling tax-payers what to put in their mouths.
That time and energy could be better spent creating jobs, eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse, and minding their own business when it comes to personal freedoms and enjoyments.