For Immediate Release:
20 April 2010
Nikunj Sharma (0) 9967766220; [email protected]
New Delhi – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh urging him to declare Earth Day (April 22) a meat-free day – not only this year but also every year – in order to reduce India’s carbon footprint. In the letter, PETA points out that in a UN report titled Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options, scientists concluded that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gasses than all the cars, trucks, ships, trains and planes in the world combined. The UN has also stated 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”.
“Because the meat industry is responsible for environmental degradation on so many levels, you can’t be a meat-eating environmentalist”, says PETA India’s senior campaigns coordinator, Nikunj Sharma. “With India being one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gasses, there’s no better way to honour the Earth than for Indians to adopt a diet that protects the planet, its animal inhabitants and human health – and that means going vegan.”
Animals used for food are raised in cramped, filthy conditions. They are often mutilated without any being given any painkillers, suffer broken bones while being transported in extremely crowded vehicles and are eventually killed in full view of other animals. People who avoid meat and dairy products save many animals from these horrors every year.
PETA’s letter to Prime Minister Shri Manmohan Singh is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com