Amid news that Karnataka Legislative Council member N Ravi Kumar seeks to introduce a bill to be considered during the ongoing winter session of the Karnataka Assembly to allow only the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to certify halal foods, PETA India has erected three billboards in Belagavi, that read, “Halal and Jhatka Meat Kill Animals and the Planet, Go Vegan”. The bill aims to prevent other agencies from monetising halal certification. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly’s winter session is currently taking place in Belagavi, and PETA India hopes the billboards will encourage council members to focus on the promotion of vegan (wholly plant-based) food instead of meat.
The billboards are located at the entrance road of Belagavi at AH 47, at NH 4, and at Gandhi Nagar Circle.
PETA India recently sent a letter to the Karnataka Chief Minister Sri Basavaraj Bommai encouraging him to focus on advocating vegan food to save animals and protect human health and the planet. In its letter, PETA India explains that the New Zealand government is recommending its people to consume more vegan food, China has committed to reducing its meat consumption by 50%, and Germany’s former environment minister banned meat from meetings and events. Meanwhile, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and other countries are either discussing or already levying a higher tax on meat.
Vegan meals spare animals immense suffering. In today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries, huge numbers of animals are raised in vast warehouses in severe confinement. Chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, cows and buffaloes are forcibly separated from their beloved calves, piglets are castrated without painkillers, and fish are cut open while they’re still alive. People who eat vegan reduce their risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer and help prevent future pandemics – SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola, and HIV all stemmed from confining or killing animals for food, as did COVID-19, as largely believed by experts.
PETA India offers a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit packed with tips, recipes, and more.