For Immediate Release:
19 April 2013
Group Will Warn of Environmental Devastation Caused by Meat Industry
Hyderabad – Bodypainted green and holding signs that read, “Choose Vegan for a Green Earth”, two members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India – one male and one female – will ask Hyderabad residents to do the planet and themselves a huge favour by switching to a health-, animal- and Earth-friendly vegan diet on the occasion for Earth Day.
When: Monday, 22 April, 12 noon
Where: In front of Big Bazaar, Kachiguda X Road (near Maheshwari & Parameshwari Theatre), Hyderabad
“It is impossible to ‘go green’ without going vegan”, says PETA India nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Just by changing their diets, concerned people can help protect the Earth, their own health and countless animals. And there is no day better than Earth Day to choose to go vegan every day.” Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide 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 2010 United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. Senior UN Food and Agriculture Organisation official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is “one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems”, including water pollution and land degradation. The official handbook for Live Earth, the anti–climate change concerts that 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-animal 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 cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes 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.