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Eric Adams has won the New York City Democratic Mayoral primary race. Adams follows a plant-based diet and has made numerous pledges to the environment. The former Brooklyn Borough President is also an animal activist, with numerous animal welfare provisions and history during his tenure

Adams has spoken out against the use of wild animals in circuses and urged companies using live animals for entertainment to discontinue the practice, including Ringling Bros. In a statement against circuses, he said he would “seek out and Support common-sense measures that advance the well-being of all Brooklynites, whether they walk on two legs or four.”

In 2011, Adams led a rally to urge the city to end the slaughter of geese in Prospect Park (a practice the city has since ended.) “The relationship between a mother and child is not unique to human beings. These are babies, no matter what term we use for them,” he said, showing a photo of a mother goose and her children.

In addition to keeping a plant-based diet himself, Adams also urges others to reduce their consumption of animal products and speaks out for farmed animals. In 2021, Adams supported World Animal Protection’s Meating Halfway 21-day journey. “By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, we can create a more sustainable and equitable food system that’s better for our planet, our city, ourselves, and animals. I personally know the many benefits of eating less meat, dairy, and eggs,” he said of the endorsement. In schools, hospitals, and jails, he advocated for Meatless Mondays and the introduction of non-dairy alternatives. He was also a supporter of the foie gras ban of 2019 and a push for NYC to consider food in its climate goals.

Adams has made numerous choices to Support shelter and rescue animals. He has advocated for pet adoption and supported a $100 tax credit for New Yorkers that adopt a pet. He also hosted the first-ever Brooklyn Animal Rescue Summit in 2017 and four feral cat initiatives at Brooklyn Borough Hall. His housing plan even includes pet-friendly housing policies to help keep shelters from getting overcrowded.

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Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects

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