PETA Distributes ‘I Am Vegetarian’ Anna Hazare Caps At Historical Fast

For Immediate Release

28 December 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Group Promotes Peace Activist’s Non-Violent Diet

Mumbai – As supporters arrived for Anna Hazare‘s anti-corruption fast in Mumbai this week, they had the opportunity to show their allegiance to Hazare’s peaceful platform – including his healthy, humane vegetarian diet – courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, which had prepared hundreds of the famous “Anna Hazare caps” emblazoned with the word “I Am Vegetarian.” The group – who handed out the caps to attendees – hopes to encourage everyone interested in a compassionate lifestyle to emulate the celebrated activist’s refusal to participate in killing animals for food.

“Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: we can add to the level of suffering in the world by eating meat, or we can show compassion by enjoying a vegetarian meal”, says PETA India’s nutritionist, Bhuvaneshwari Gupta. “Anyone who is interested in promoting peace can follow Hazare’s lead and keep violence off our plates.”

Eating meat causes animal suffering on a massive scale. In today’s industrialised meat and dairy industries, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, fish are suffocated or cut open while they’re still alive on the decks of fishing boats and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth. Eating meat can cause our health to suffer too: the consumption of meat and other animal products has been linked conclusively to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

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