March 7, 2000

Lakewood Public Library
15425 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Re: Great American Meat-Out 2000 - March 20th

Dear Librarian:

I am writing to you today to ask that the Lakewood Public Library consider a special book display this month acknowledging The Great American Meatout.

On March 20th, caring people in two thousand communities in all 50 states and several foreign countries will launch a revolution in popular dietary habits. The Great American Meatout is coordinated nationally by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement), a national public-interest non-profit organization dedicated to farm animal welfare and protection.

This year will mark the 16th observance of the Great American Meatout. The primary goal of this day of events is to educate friends and neighbors about meat production and processing as well the risks associated with meat consumption. The purpose is to encourage consumers to consider the transition from an unhealthy, environmentally taxing meat-based diet to a wholesome, non-violent plant-based diet of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fresh fruits. The date is symbolic--the first day of spring--a time for renewal and fresh starts.

Meatout draws massive support from consumer, environment, and animal protection advocates, as well as from public officials, health providers, meatless food manufacturers and retailers, educators, mass media, public officials, and other opinion leaders. They believe that consumers are entitled to a one-day respite from and a response to the relentless barrage of meat industry propaganda in schools, in the media, and in the streets.

Since its humble beginning in 1985, the growth of Meatout has been reflected in key dietary trends. More than 30 million Americans have explored a meatless diet. Teens are ‘kicking the meat habit’ at a record rate. As I'm sure you know, new cookbooks and medical books are flooding the market, demonstrating the simplicity, the health benefits and the convenience of meatless eating. National beef and veal consumption have dropped by 25 and 70 percent, respectively. Major manufacturers, markets, and restaurants are marketing meatless meals. Mainstream health advocacy organizations are touting plant-based eating.

I have performed a cursory search of the library's catalog on-line and compiled the attached list of book titles (with authors and call numbers noted) which might be included in a book display. I would be happy to provide additional literature and/or signage explaining the event both for your review and for display. You may also wish to visit FARM's event website at

Please consider my request and contact me (phone number or if you require additional information and assistance in putting together a display acknowledging the Great American Meatout and highlighting the benefits or resource for a plant-based diet--I am happy to help in any way I can.

Thank you,

Leigh-Anne Dennison

I am pleased to report that when I visited my local library on March 26th and they had indeed put up a "Great American Meatout" display with many of the books I recommended. Thanks Lakewood Librarians--you made (at least) one library patron very happy!!