Bhopal: PETA’s Giant ‘Carrot’ to Serve Up Vegan Meals Just in Time for World Food Day

For Immediate Release:
14 October 2015

Neerja Khede; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

PETA Members Will Bring Helpful Message of Ending World Hunger to City

Bhopal – Just in time for World Food Day on October 16, a costumed People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India “carrot” will take to the streets of Bhopal with free, delicious vegan meals as well as a reminder that feeding the world can be as easy as going vegan. The “carrot” – holding a sign that reads, “End World Hunger. Go Vegan” – will let passers-by know why raising animals for meat is an inefficient use of land and crops, which could instead be used to grow food that would directly feed many more people.

When:     Thursday, 15 October, 12 pm sharp

Where:    1100 Quarters Mahaveer Nagar (on the pavement in front of Hanuman Mandir and Malti Hospital), E-7, Arera Colony, Bhopal 462016

“The best way to ensure that no one on Earth ever goes hungry is to choose healthy, tasty vegan meals”, says PETA India Nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Each of us has the chance to do our part to end world hunger every time we sit down to eat, and that’s why PETA is encouraging caring people to choose meals that require just a fraction of the resources that meat and dairy foods use.”

As PETA India, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”, points out, with the global population of humans over 7 billion – more than a billion of whom currently go hungry – the only way to produce enough food is, according to the Worldwatch Institute, “to cut back sharply on meat consumption, because conversion of grazing land to food crops will increase the amount of food produced”. Vast amounts of land, water, and other resources are used to grow grains and other plants that feed animals killed for food, instead of feeding humans directly with plants. For example, using 1 acre of land to raise animals for food yields only 9 kilograms of meat, while using the same land for plants could yield 165 kilograms of protein-rich soybeans. In a 2010 report, the United Nations stated that a global move towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.

Animals killed for food also suffer terribly, as seen in PETA India’s disturbing and highly publicised video exposé “Glass Walls”. Animals are crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that many are severely injured or even die en route to the slaughterhouse. Once there, they are killed in view of one another and are often dismembered and skinned while they are still conscious.

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