Tobacco Causes Cancer. So Does Meat.

Posted on 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 of cigarettes.

Check out the warning labels to see the stark and compelling messages about the dangers of meat consumption:

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.

PCRM also reports that vegetarians “are about 40 percent less likely to get cancer than non-vegetarians, regardless of other risks such as smoking, body size, and socioeconomic status “. A UK study found that people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, allergies, fatigue and digestive problems showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting dairy products out of their diets.
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