In reaction to Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) declaring March 20 as “MeatOut” day, county and state governments have encouraged people to do the opposite and eat meat.
In Colorado, Pueblo County Commissioners, led by Chris Wiseman, signed a proclamation making March 20 Pueblo County Cattlemen’s Day. “MeatOut implies we should boycott a Colorado commodity,” Wiseman said to Fox21 news. “Because of my support of the industry over the years, I want to be consistent.”
Fremont County officials also passed a resolution expressing concern Polis would call for a boycott to an industry essential to the economy. The county declared the day as Fremont County Cattlemen’s Day, supporting cattlemen and the local ranch industry.
On March 5, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) announced March 20 as Meat on the Menu Day in the state. “While meat is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, there are radical anti-agriculture activists that are working to end meat production and our way of life here in Nebraska,” said Ricketts in a statement. “I have designated March 20 as ‘Meat on the Menu Day’ to highlight the importance of meat in a good diet as well as to provide an opportunity to support our farmers and ranchers.”