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Pakistan has just adopted the “one dish” law at the provincial level whereby only one dish can be served at all official and unofficial functions because of a lack of food stocks and to provide relief to the poor. In fact, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik were not allowed to serve more than one dish at their wedding. So PETA sent a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari asking him to encourage provincial governments to improve upon the new rule by making it a “one vegan dish” law. PETA opines that the government’s policy objectives could be better achieved if the dish were vegan (pure vegetarian and containing no animal-derived ingredients) because it would save money, lives and precious resources that can be used to serve the poor.
Studies show that raising animals for food is grossly inefficient because, although animals eat large quantities of plants, they produce relatively small amounts of meat, eggs and milk in return. It is wasteful to use land to raise crops to feed farmed animals instead of hungry humans – it takes 10 kilograms of feed to produce 1 kilogram of beef, 4 to 5.5 kilograms of grain to produce 1 kilogram of pork and 2.1 to 3 kilograms of grain to produce 1 kilogram of poultry.