Painted blue and green to resemble the Earth, two PETA India and Pahal members took to the streets of Jalandhar for Earth Day to remind passers-by that raising animals for food is one of the biggest causes of pollution and the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
PETA India notes that the United Nations concluded that raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, an estimated 51 per cent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions are attributable to agriculture, specifically raising cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry to be killed and used for food. According to the United Nations, the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a staggering 65 per cent of worldwide emissions of nitrous oxide –which is about 300 times more potent as a climate-change gas than carbon dioxide is.
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