Senate to Granholm: Take back proclamation for no-meat day

Source: Chris Christoff, Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief

LANSING — Meat-eating got political today, as the state Senate called on Gov. Jennifer Granholm to rescind her proclamation urging Michiganders to give up meat for a day Saturday to recognize the healthiness of vegetarian diets.

Granholm’s proclamation stirred outrage by agriculture groups, particularly those representing beef, pork and poultry farmers. The Senate voted 25-12 for a resolution urging Granholm to take back her proclamation, with three Democrats joining all 22 Republicans in support.

The vote came as 30 agricultural organizations visited the Capitol and sponsored a free corned beef and cabbage lunch for legislators for the annual Ag Day.

“It’s important to send a message to the agricultural community that we’re not going to take this lying down,” said Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland.

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