US VegWeek

US VegWeek Success: Thousands Go Meat-Free for a Week!

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Health

Vegan Baking Our fifth annual US VegWeek wrapped up on Sunday, and it was a resounding success!

The weeklong celebration highlighting the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating included more than 3,500 people from coast to coast taking our 7-Day VegPledge, 140 restaurant specials offered in 21 states, 150 events held in 33 states, and more media coverage than ever before.


US VegWeek Puts Meat-Free Eating on the Political Map

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Outreach, Victories

VegWeekThere are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make at least one of them meat-free? That’s the idea that inspired COK to launch our US VegWeek campaign in 2009 – it’s an idea that was shared with us by Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.

Sen. Raskin was the first lawmaker to sign our 7-Day VegPledge, proudly noting that his participation helps “align my morals with my menu.” His continued support has helped the campaign grow each year, empowering countless other lawmakers and thousands of consumers from coast to coast to make kinder, greener, and healthier food choices.

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US VegWeek 2013 Kicks Off Today – Earth Day!

Compassion Over Killing Staff Environment, Events, Outreach

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a day intended to encourage individuals to take meaningful actions in their everyday lives that, collectively, contribute to preserving the planet. But in the words of late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded Earth Day, “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”

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NBA Star John Salley Kicks off US VegWeek Events

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Outreach

John Salleyt The fifth annual US VegWeek kicks off in less than 2 weeks! This nationwide event, which begins on Earth Day (April 22), offers a fun and supportive way to explore the many flavors and benefits of vegetarian eating.

Thousands of people–including scores of lawmakers–have already agreed to take our 7-day pledge, and it’s not too to sign up! Are you up the for challenge?

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My Tour of the Field Roast Vegan Sausage Factory

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Outreach

Field Roast Last month, I had the opportunity to live out a vegan dream: touring the Field Roast product factory in Seattle, Washington! It was an honor to see where some of my favorite meatless meat products were made especially since the company is very supportive of Compassion Over Killing. They’re a long-time sponsor of our annual DC VegFest event in the nation’s capital, and they’re also one of the Platinum Sponsors of our US VegWeek campaign (kicking off on April 22) – Be sure to check out Field Roast’s facebook page during US VegWeek for daily updates!


Announcing the First Annual Rehoboth Beach VegFest!

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events

Rehoboth VegFest With the growing popularity of vegan eating (it’s even been confirmed by Google!), it’s no wonder that vegetarian festivals are on the rise nationwide, and across the globe. From Seattle, Wash. to Tampa, Fla. to Berlin, Germany, VegFests are a fun way to discover the many benefits, flavors, and joys of choosing animal-friendly foods.

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Connecticut Schools Meat-Free to Celebrate US VegWeek

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Health, Outreach

Guilford Schools Chef Timothy Cipriano, Director of Food Services of Guilford Public Schools (GPS) in Guilford, Connecticut, touts an unusual and commendable specialty on his LinkedIn profile: “Working with kids to get them to appreciate good wholesome real food.” And that’s exactly why he was recruited by Guilford’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Paul Freeman, to ramp up the nutritional integrity of the GPS lunch program.

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Delicious New Vegan Foods Debut at Natural Products Expo West

Compassion Over Killing Staff Events, Outreach

Natural Products Expo Over 100,000 visitors — including Compassion Over Killing — flocked to Anaheim, California earlier this month for the 2013 Natural Products Expo West! The annual trade show features thousands of vendors representing the natural and organic food industry, making it a prime location for us to highlight the many benefits of choosing vegetarian foods. This was our fourth year tabling at this exclusive event.