Did you know that you can help save the planet just by choosing a veggie burger over its carnivorous counterpart? It’s true: ditching the meat, eggs and dairy is one of the single most effective things you can do to combat climate change. Which makes sense considering that, according to a 2006 United Nations report, raising animals for food creates more greenhouse gasses than all trucks, cars, planes, and ships in the world combined.
Of course, it’s not only greenhouse gases we have to worry about. Enormous amounts of water and petroleum are required from start to finish in the meat industry, from raising and transporting crops fed to animals, to raising and transporting the animals themselves, to operating abattoirs. Blood and excrement from abattoirs and farms also pollutes wells and waterways.
Makes a pretty compelling case for going vegan, huh? We at PETA India think so. From educating people about the devastating impact meat has on the environment, animals, and human health, to providing free “Vegetarian Starter Kits” to the masses, to conducting and releasing the results of undercover investigations into the cruel poultry and dairy industries, PETA India has been actively encouraging people to embrace a vegan diet for just over a decade now!
PETA India’s efforts to promote vegetarianism have also gotten quite a boost from celebrity supporters over the years. Model and actor Aditi Govitrikar posed in outfits made entirely from vegetables to encourage viewers to kick the meat habit, while Anil Kumble showed off his “Go Veg” cricket bat. Mahima Chaudhary did an “angel for the animals” ad; lifelong vegetarian Devang Patel grimaced as he held a chicken drumstick; Madhavan was crammed in a cage to show people how chickens suffer; and Channel V mascot Professor Simpoo turned veg for the animals and for his health.
Luckily, you don’t have to be famous to make a positive difference in the world. You have the power to help the planet and all of its inhabitants by simply changing what’s on your plate. So what do you say? Take the plunge and take our pledge to go vegan today!