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Humane Society International (HSI) Wednesday urged global leaders to adopt ‘Meatless Mondays’ – an international movement to reduce meat consumption and incorporate meatless options one day per week.

‘Meatless Monday’ began in the US during World War I and was revived in 2003 with backing from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“For a world of reasons, Meatless Mondays makes good sense – good for animals, good for the environment, good for the long-range problems of food security, and good for our health,” said HSI Farm Animal Welfare director Chetana Mirle.

Mirle was part of “Hunger for Action” – the second global conference on agriculture, food security and climate change that took place in Vietnam last week and was attended by other influential institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and governments from around the world.

“There should be consideration towards animal welfare issues related to intensive animal agricultural practices in formulating policy solutions to the challenges of agriculture, food security and climate change,” said a statement issued by HSI.

The conference adopted as part of its outcomes the promotion of sustainable consumption as a way to reduce waste in the food chain.

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