Written by PETA
We have all seen the warnings on cigarette packs that
remind us that smoking is bad for our health. But the negative consequences of eating
meat affect more people than smoking does, and like smoking, meat consumption
contributes to deaths from cancer, heart disease and stroke. PETA India has
therefore written to the health minister of India asking that graphic warning labels be put on all packages of meat, eggs and
dairy products sold in the country, just like the warning labels seen on packs
Check out the warning
labels to see the stark and compelling messages about the dangers of meat consumptions:
A mountain of studies links the consumption of
animal products to India's leading killers, including heart disease, cancer,
diabetes, stroke and obesity. And don't you agree that consumers have the right
to be informed about the health hazards of consuming meat, eggs and dairy products
and how these products are linked to needlessly early deaths?
Research has found that vegetarians are 50 per
cent less likely to develop heart disease than their meat-eating counterparts
and have only a fraction of the diabetes rate of the general population.Doctors are now prescribing a naturally low-fat plant-based diet not only to prevent
but also to reverse heart disease caused from consuming
animal products, and studies conducted by Washington, DC–based Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and many other research teams have
demonstrated the power of plant-based diets to reverse type 2 diabetes, too.
PETA has sent a letter to the heads of ISKON
temples throughout India in advance of Janmashtami celebrations urging them to
request Krishna devotees to use plant-based, vegan items instead of commercial
dairy products this Janmashtami.
In her letters,
PETA nutritionist and campaign coordinator Bhuvaneshwari Gupta explained that
gone are the days when cows were raised gently on people's land. She described how
cows nowadays are kept chained to cramped, filthy stalls; artificially and
crudely impregnated using filthy instruments that cause the animals pain; and
commonly injected with Oxytocin, a banned drug, resulting in severe pain for
the cows, similar to labour pains. She further explains that mother cows and
buffaloes have their calves torn away from them shortly after birth and that
male calves are killed. The mother cows and buffaloes are killed eventually,
Gupta, "We know that Krishna
devotees would never knowingly choose to support cruelty to cows and would be
shocked and saddened to learn how cows on today's dairy farms are abused. Your
words carry enormous weight in your community. We implore you to use your
influence so as to spare millions of living beings pain and suffering by urging
devotees and other festival organisers to celebrate Janmashtami using only cruelty-free
dairy alternatives such as soya milk, coconut milk or other such items".
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