For Immediate Release:
19 April 2012
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Chani Singh; [email protected]
Group Warns of Environmental Devastation Caused by Meat Industry
Bhopal – Painted green and holding signs that read, “Eat Green – Go Vegan”, two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will ask Bhopal residents to do the planet and themselves a favour by not eating meat and dairy products and switching to a health-, animal- and Earth-friendly vegan diet. The action comes two days before Earth Day:
When: Friday, 20 April 2012, 12 noon sharp
Where: Near the Madhya Pradesh Tourism mural on VIP Road, across from the municipal corporation water purifier, Bhopal
“It is impossible to ‘go green’ without going vegan”, says PETA India campaigner Chani Singh. “Just by changing their diets, people can help protect the Earth, their own health and countless animals.”
Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide together cause the vast majority of climate change. Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous-oxide emissions.
A recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization reported that the meat industry is “one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems”. This includes water pollution and land degradation. The official handbook for Live Earth, the anti–climate change concerts that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore helped organise, says that not eating meat is the “single most effective thing you can do” to reduce your climate change impact. And the farmed-animals industry uses vast quantities of water, placing a serious strain on our water supply.
Eating meat and dairy products also causes human and animal suffering. The consumption of meat and other animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. And the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals each year.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.