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VegWeek 2012: Join California Leaders for a Week of Meat-Free Eating April 23-29

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If Earth Day 2012 felt like just a drop in the bucket (or polluted ocean) for you, perhaps you'll want to get on board with VegWeek. It's pretty simple: Eat a vegetarian diet for the whole week of April 23 to 29.

To keep you company on this journey into what many believe are healthier, kinder, and more sustainable food choices are several elected representatives and community leaders in California who have taken the "7-Day Veg Pledge."

Participants include CA State Controller John Chiang, Congressperson Barbara Lee (CA-9), CA Assemblymembers Betsy Butler (CA-53) and Das Williams (CA-35), Candidate for CA Assembly Brian Johnson (CA-46), Pepperdine University Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Tony Collatos, Discovery Channel Writer Jerry James Stone, and more.

In Los Angeles, a number of popular restaurants will be offering special discounts, promotions, events, and menu items for the week. Restaurants include Hugo's, Masa of Echo Park, Evo Kitchen, The Veggie Grill and more.

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VegWeek was started by the DC-based nonprofit group Compassion Over killing, who offer up several reasons why so many Americans are eating a vegetarian diet.

"VegWeek is a great opportunity to support healthier eating habits," said CA Senator Ted Lieu (CA-28). "As a state policymaker, I have authored and supported numerous bills to improve the humane treatment of animals. Compassion Over Killing deserves commendation for helping improve public awareness of animal treatment."

Are you in? You can hold yourself to your commitment by signing the VegPledge online.