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    Mercy for Animals Responds to West Hollywood’s New Mandate to Go Plant-Based

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    At an Adjourned Regular Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2024, the City Council moved forward with a resolution mandating that all City-sponsored events in which food and refreshments are provided be plant-based foods by default, allowing people to opt into food/refreshments that contain animal products.

    The item, spearheaded by Vice Mayor Chelsea Lee Byers, is being hailed as a momentous victory for animals, humans, and the planet by Mercy For Animals, who, according to a statement, worked closely with the city to develop the policy in an effort to address climate change and reduce animal suffering.

    Mercy For Animals staff, volunteers living in West Hollywood, and other organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and Greener by Default, mobilized and testified in support of the policy.

    “Mercy For Animals calls for a shift to a plant-based food system, so we greatly appreciate Vice Mayor Byers for championing this policy change in West Hollywood,” said Mercy For Animals CEO and president Leah Garcés. “As more people choose plant-based food for their health, the environment, and animals, Mercy For Animals works with local governments so that public purchasing reflects this shift. Mercy For Animals commends the City of West Hollywood’s commitment to serving plant-based food by default.”

    According to a City Staff report, the new policy does not apply to co-sponsored events or private events taking place in the City of West Hollywood or events with food for purchase from food trucks or other vendors. For City-sponsored events and meetings, the West Hollywood city government commits to serving plant-based food and refreshments by default, giving attendees the choice to opt into options with animal products.

    To ensure adherence to this policy, City staff will ensure that plant-based foods will be made available at the beginning of the menu or buffet. In addition, City staff will ensure a default of plant-based options for food and refreshments and provide animal product options to supplement plant-based options so that event and meeting attendees may opt into these choices.

    The new policy is being hailed as a significant victory for Mercy For Animals in its work to build a just and sustainable food system. In February, the animal rights group worked with Los Angeles County — the most populous county in the United States — to enact legislation calling for best practices in purchasing, selling, and serving more plant-based foods in the county’s food services.

    Mercy For Animals is a leading international nonprofit working to end industrial animal agriculture by constructing a just and sustainable food system. Active in Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, and the United States, the organization has conducted over 100 investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses, influenced over 500 corporate policies, and helped pass historic legislation to ban cages for farmed animals. 2024 marks Mercy For Animals’ 25th year of groundbreaking campaigns and programs. Learn more at MercyForAnimals.org.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    ThomasS
    ThomasS
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    20 days ago

    Why is this news should I get confetti?

    :dpb
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    20 days ago

    This is complete b/s. That Byers is dictating dietary guidelines (restrictions) instead of addressing real issues (developer fraud, homelessness, the need for more sheriff – real ones, the builders remedy fiasco, businesses fleeing West Hollywood) just indicates how unprepared she is for the council seat. Complete ridiculousness. .

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    20 days ago

    Outside groups have way too much influence on our local city politics.

    Why did the chicken cross the road?
    Why did the chicken cross the road?
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    20 days ago

    Wow I didnt realize people attending events in WEHO where force fed animal based food. Good thing the city wasted its time mandating options. City Hall should spend its time mandating things that are really killing us residents. LIKE BANNING those freaking gas powered leaf blowers used every 2 mintues here. Not only are we breathing fumes from motors but all that dust they kick up. How about dealing with noise pollution in WEHO ? Quality of Life in this city is horrible. So many more important issues to deal with in this city than bullsh*t vegan options at events.

    John Cleese
    John Cleese
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    20 days ago

    I wish the city council would stick to empty gestures. This may seem like an empty gesture, but it affects businesses that previously received catering contracts. Oh, fix the sidewalks.

    absurd
    absurd
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    20 days ago

    Self-righteous morons imposing their lack of values on the majority who oppose them.

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