PETA Nutritionist Wants Graphic Cigarette-Style Warning Labels On Meat For World Health Day

For Immediate Release:

5 April 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

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Mumbai – Just in time for World Health Day (7 April), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India staff nutritionist Bhuvaneshwari Gupta has sent a letter to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urging the ministry to require the same kinds of graphic health warnings on packages of meat, eggs and dairy products as the ones that are on packs of cigarettes. The group has created sample warning labels (attached) with a stark but compelling message about the health dangers of meat consumption and has sent them to the agency for consideration. High-resolution versions of the labels are available from PETA upon request.

“Meat-, egg- and dairy-laden diets are linked to needlessly early deaths”, Gupta says. “A mountain of studies links the consumption of animal products to India’s leading killers, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and obesity. World Health Day would be the perfect time for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to decide to encourage citizens to go vegan to live longer, healthier lives by adopting this life-saving project.”

Research has found that vegetarians are 50 per cent less likely to develop heart disease than their meat-eating counterparts and have only a fraction of the diabetes rate of the general population. Doctors are now prescribing a naturally low-fat plant-based diet not only to prevent but also to reverse heart disease caused from consuming animal products, and studies conducted by Washington, DC–based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and many other research teams have demonstrated the power of plant-based diets to reverse type 2 diabetes, too.

PCRM also reports that vegetarians “are about 40 percent less likely to get cancer than nonvegetarians, regardless of other risks such as smoking, body size, and socioeconomic status”. A UK study found that people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, allergies, fatigue and digestive problems showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting dairy products out of their diets.

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