Earth to Humans: There’s No Such Thing as a Meat-Eating Environmentalist

For Immediate Release:
1 June 2017

Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Ahead of World Environment Day, PETA India and PFA Lucknow Demonstration Will Warn of Planetary Devastation Caused by Meat and Dairy Industries

Lucknow – “Think you can be a meat-eating environmentalist? Think again!” That’s the message People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and People for Animals (PFA) Lucknow will send in advance of World Environment Day(5 June) with a demonstration featuring a couple eating dinner on a table with a globe of meat-shaped continents. The confrontational demonstration will call on residents to do the planet and their bodies a big favour: give up meat and dairy foods and switch to a healthy animal-and Earth-friendly vegan lifestyle.

When:       Friday, 2 June, 12 noon to 1 pm

Where:     Outside the main entrance of the Wave Mall, Vibhuti Khand Road, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

“It’s impossible to do our all to save the damaged, depleted environment without going vegan,” says PETA India Campaigns Assistant Ayushi Sharma. “PETA India is calling on concerned people to use the power of their plate to help protect the Earth and countless animals by trying a vegan lifestyle.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that the United Nations concluded that raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and that a global shift towards vegan eating would combat the worst effects of climate change.

According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, an estimated 51 per cent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions are attributable to agriculture, specifically raising cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry to be used for food. A Harvard University paper reveals that raising animals for meat, eggs, and dairy foods uses a third of the world’s freshwater resources as well as a third of the world’s global cropland as feed for animals. Meanwhile, India is home to the world’s largest number of hungry people, and its farmers commonly suffer because of drought.

Meat and dairy foods cause both human and animal suffering. Their consumption has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and cruel deaths of billions of animals each year.

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