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Drop that quadruple cheeseburger! It's Meatless Monday in San Francisco

April 19, 2010 |  3:33 pm

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Hey, if you're thinking of trying Kentucky Fried Chicken's new "Double Down" sandwich and you live in San Francisco, you might want to wait until tomorrow.

After all, it's Meatless Monday.

Meatless Monday? It's a new measure that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, in open defiance of the city's nonexistent cattle ranchers, passed a couple weeks ago.  They're asking residents to abstain from eating meat on Mondays.

Now, if you're a carnivore and you've already horked down a quadruple cheeseburger, don't worry. There's no secret meat police out there. The measure is non-binding. It's all voluntary.

The proclamation urges "all restaurants, grocery stores and schools to offer a greater variety of....

...plant-based options to improve the health of San Francisco residents and visitors and to increase the awareness of the impact a green diet would be on our planet."

Not everyone's into it. Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham's a skeptic.  A real live food fight broke out on her television program the other night.  Not like the scene in Animal House, unfortunately (which would have been awesome).

Instead, Hope Behanec, from the group In Defense of Animals, appeared to discuss the issue. 

The overly-peppy spokeswoman said if everyone in San Francisco observed Meatless Monday, the result would be the same as removing 123,000 cars from the street per year (which would be great for traffic).

Nonplussed, Ingraham all but yawned while Behanec was speaking, called the measure "loopy," and told her to read an article in the Washington Times knocking down the link between cow flatulence and global warming.

"I think it sounds a little elitist and out of sync with the way regular people live," Ingraham said. "A lot of people like eating mac and cheese out of the box and having a burger a couple times of the week and guess what -- they live to 85."

OK.  Then how about the childhood obesity problem?  You know, to link up with Michelle Obama's recent initiative.

Behanec went there but it was too late.  Ingraham's mind was set.  The whole thing was loopy.

Plus, Ingraham wasn't convinced the board is really that committed to the cause, saying that maybe when they ban leather belts and shoes, it'll be more legit.

"Everyone has to wear plastic stuff. That would be really cool," she said.

By the way, we're pretty sure the video below was not taken in the Board of Supervisors lunchroom this afternoon.

-- Jimmy Orr

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