Body-painted as tigers, three PETA India supporters with signs proclaiming, “Eating Meat Contributes to Species Extinction – Try Vegan,” gathered in Pune in the wake of heightened concern for the plight of tigers and other wildlife following the tigress Avni’s murder. PETA India informed passers-by that raising animals for food is one of the biggest causes of the loss of species-rich habitats – so eating meat can be directly linked to species extinction.
A recent study concluded that the consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy “products” may be the biggest threat to much of the world’s plant and animal life, especially as producers of animal-derived foods expand their operations in countries with the highest number of unique plant and animal species. Meanwhile, a Brighter Green report warns that deforestation for animals reared for food and for the crops grown to feed them as well as the pesticides and fertiliser used for those crops are “contributing to rising rates of soil erosion, salinization, alkalization, pollution, and desertification in India”.
What’s more, figures from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization show that cattle and other animals reared for food are responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change than the exhaust from all forms of transportation combined, and a United Nations report states that a global shift towards vegan eating is needed to combat the worst effects of climate change. Climate change threatens wild animals’ ability to survive.
In addition to protecting the environment, people who go vegan reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity and spare pigs, chickens, cows, and other animals daily suffering and a terrifying death.
Want to make a difference? Try vegan.