Major City Officially Declares January “Veganuary” Month

After requests by the Black Veg Society and Veganuary, Mayor Brandon M. Scott made history by declaring January “Veganuary” month in Baltimore, Maryland! 

In a groundbreaking proclamation, Mayor Scott announces that “the month of January as ‘Veganuary’ in Baltimore” and urges “residents, restaurants, retailers, and institutions to explore and continue to add plant-based options by default.” 

The mayor’s proclamation not only touches on the health benefits of a plant-based diet but makes the connection between climate change and animal suffering.

Launched 10 years ago, Veganuary is a global initiative that encourages people around the world to try vegan for January. Millions of people have taken part from all corners of the globe, and Veganuary has campaign hubs in Germany, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, India, Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Last year, Baltimore ranked in the top 10 cities nationwide for number of sign-ups to Veganuary. Baltimore is also home to Naijha Wright-Brown—owner of the vegan restaurant Land of Kush and founder of Black Veg Society. Black Veg Society, a grant recipient of Mercy For Animals’ People’s Fund, provides resources to help BIPOC communities adopt more holistic, plant-forward diets. Wright-Brown stated:

With Baltimore Mayor Scott’s proclamation, I’m sending many blessings that the city will pledge to go vegan in January and support local vegan and veg-friendly restaurants as well as those around the state of Maryland. … We need to open the dialogue throughout our communities about health disparities, access to nutritional foods, environmentalism, and compassion for animals, especially in predominantly BIPOC ones.

According to a new study conducted by YouGov on behalf of Veganuary, a massive 71% of U.S. adults would like to eat more vegetables in 2024. Are you part of that group? Then make sure to download our FREE How to Eat Veg guide to get started!