Exhibits persuading people to "kick the meat habit" will be on display this weekend at several locations throughout Tempe as part of an international effort to promote a vegan diet.
In observance of the 20th Great American Meatout, the displays will offer vegetarian food samples as well as dietary information.
Similar exhibits are planned for dozens of the nation’s major cities and the world, according to a Friday news release.
Besides information booths, called "steakouts," event coordinators in other cities plan to host street theater, public dinners, cooking demonstrations, leafleting and a congressional reception in Washington, DC.
The event asks that people to "kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains," according to the event’s Web site.
Supporters of the event include celebrity activists such as actor Ed Asner, game show host Bob Barker and comedian Bill Maher.
Farm Animal Reform Movement, a national public interest group, started the event in 1985, but the individual displays and information tables are controlled by local consumer and animal protection organizations.
For information about the displays, visit the Great American Meatout Web site, www.meatout.org.