PETA Members Painted Colours of Indian and United States Flags Call On Leaders to Try Vegan to Combat Climate Change

For Immediate Release:
21 January 2015

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

Group Draws Attention to Meat Industry’s Disastrous Effect on the Environment in Time for US President Barack Obama’s Visit to India

New Delhi – Ahead of the 2015 climate change talks in Paris and US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, two People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India members bodypainted in the colours of the Indian and United States flags will greet passersby at Jantar Mantar. They will be holding signs reading, “Unite to Save the Planet: Try Vegan”. PETA is calling on leaders of the two nations to use this opportunity to discuss the detrimental impact of meat and dairy production on climate change.

When:            Thursday, 22 January, 12 noon

Where:           Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi

“As two of the top contributors to climate change, India and the US have to take the lead in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions – and encouraging vegan eating would be an extremely effective way to do that”, says PETA India campaigns strategist Nikunj Sharma. “Cutting out meat and dairy products is the best and easiest way that individuals can help prevent further damage to human health, spare animals intense suffering and save the planet.”

Raising animals for food is a leading cause of water and land usage and pollution, and a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. A recent Oxford University study suggests that people who eat meat are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians and about two-and-a-half times as many as vegans. A 2014 study published in New Scientist similarly found that just by going vegan, a person can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases their diet contributes to climate change by up to 60 per cent.

In addition, the consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, some types of cancer and obesity. As documented by PETA India, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”, animals are confined to crowded, filthy cages and other enclosures on farms. During slaughter, many have their throats cut, often while they’re still conscious.

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