Nebraska declares meat only day and calls MeatOut movement ‘a direct attack on our way of life’


After the Colorado governor called upon citizens to try avoiding meat for a day, the governor of neighbouring Nebraska signed a declaration on Monday for a day where meat consumption would be actively encouraged.

“Meat on the Menu Day” was unveiled by governor Pete Ricketts at an event attended by a number of representatives from the meat, agricultural and restaurant industries.

It comes after Colorado’s governor Jared Polis announced late last month that 20 March would be celebrated as “MeatOut Day”, a move that Mr Ricketts referred to as an “attack on our way of life”.

Monday’s news conference was held at an Omaha meat shop, where politicians hailed meat as Nebraska’s largest industry. According to Steve Wellman, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director who was present during the conference, meat products alone generate about $12bn (£8.6bn) each year in revenues for the state.

“It is a direct attack on our way of life here in Nebraska,” Mr Ricketts said, adding that meat is a nutritious, protein-rich food source.


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