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January 8, 2014

Laura Marano, star of the Disney Channel’s Austin Ally, has taken on a new role in The Humane Society of the United States’ first-ever Meatless Monday poster campaign.

Best known for her role as the shy songwriter Ally Dawson on Austin Ally, the 18-year-old actress, singer, and songwriter took time out of her busy schedule for a photo and video shoot to support the international Meatless Monday program and encourage fans to go meat-free one day a week to help animals and the environment.

The poster campaign will launch in February with thousands of posters mailed out to schools across the country encouraging students to participate in Meatless Monday. Laura wants her fans to know that Meatless Monday is a simple and effective way to help animals, go green, reduce food waste, and become healthier.

Behind the scene photos from Laura’s recent photo and video PSA shoot are available upon request.

Meatless Monday, now a popular international movement, was created by the U.S. government as a resource-saving measure during World War I. In 2003, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health re-launched the effort with The Monday Campaigns to promote replacing meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet. Some of the nation’s largest school districts, including Los Angeles Unified, Detroit, Public Schools, Buffalo Public Schools, San Diego Unified, and many more participate.

The HSUS advocates compassionate eating – or the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, and “refining” our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

The current high levels of meat consumption in the U.S. support inhumane practices in industrial factory farms, and push small family farmers out of business. Eating less meat is better for animals, creates less waste and pollution, and places more value on humane and sustainable agriculture which benefits family farmers and generates more income for rural communities.

Marano joins countless celebrities who support The Humane Society of the United States including Paul Wesley, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Bella Thorne, Ian Somerhalder, Kristen Bell, and Kaley Cuoco.

For more information on Meatless Monday, visit humanesociety.org/meatlessmonday.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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Article source: HSUS

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