For Immediate Release:
24 April 2017
Will the Indian Government Go Meat-Free?
New Delhi – In response to reports that the German environment minister recently banned meat from being served at her ministry’s meetings and events, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter this morning requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead India in a similar direction.
In the letter, which is available here, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that Germany’s ministry went meat-free because meat production is one of the leading contributors to climate change, which is causing people throughout India to suffer through severe droughts, heatwaves, and more. In addition to producing an estimated 51 per cent of worldwide greenhouse-gas emissions, meat production also uses a massive amount of water, land, and food resources.
“The meat industry is heating up the planet and gobbling up our natural resources, but we can fight climate change by starting with what’s on our plates”, says PETA India Public Policy Lead Nikunj Sharma. “PETA is requesting Prime Minister Modi to set a global example by ensuring that exclusively healthy, humane, and environmentally friendly vegan meals are served at all government functions.”
While more than 194 million people in India are undernourished, 60 per cent of the world’s grain supply is used to feed farmed animals, as it takes 10 kilograms of grain to produce just 1 kilogram of meat. According to the United Nations, a global shift towards a vegan lifestyle is vital in order to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst effects of climate change.
Eating meat also causes suffering on a massive scale. In today’s meat and dairy industries, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, fish typically suffocate or are cut open while they’re still alive, and calves are usually torn away from their mothers within hours of birth. At the slaughterhouse, animals are dismembered while they’re still conscious.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.