September 30, 2023

Dear Editor,

Want to help animals, save money, reduce your risk of life-threatening diseases, and combat climate change and other environmental problems? Then celebrate World Vegetarian Day on October 1—and every day thereafter.

Research shows that people who eat plant-based foods are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than their meat-eating counterparts, and that vegans are responsible for 2.5 times fewer food-related greenhouse-gas emissions. Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna researchers believe that the only way to meet the expected global food demand in the year 2050 – without sacrificing any forests – is for everyone to go vegan.

Each vegan spares more than 100 animals every year, and versatile vegan staples, including beans, rice, vegetables, tofu, and pasta, are relatively inexpensive compared to meat, eggs, and dairy products. For more information and free meat-free recipes, see


Heather Moore
The PETA Foundation
Norfolk, Va.