For Immediate Release:
19 November 2018
Ayushi Sharma; [email protected]
Garima Jain; [email protected]
PETA India Warns That Meat Industry Is Destroying Biodiversity
Pune – Body-painted as tigers, three PETA India supporters with signs proclaiming, “Eating Meat Contributes to Species Extinction – Try Vegan,” will gather in Pune on Tuesday in the wake of heightened concern for the plight of tigers and other wildlife following the tigress Avni’s murder. PETA India will inform passers-by that raising animals for food is one of the biggest causes of the loss of species-rich habitats – so eating meat can be directly linked to species extinction.
When: Tuesday, 20 November, 12 noon
Where: Outside Marz-o-rin Restaurant, Bakthiar Plaza, 6, MG Road, Pune 411 001
“Today, lush jungles and forests are being destroyed to clear land for animals reared for food and to grow the crops required to feed them,” says PETA India Campaigns Coordinator Ayushi Sharma. “What’s more, the meat industry remains the leading emitter of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, which negatively affects species’ ability to survive. The best way to save our planet and all those who live on it is to go vegan.”
PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that a recent study concluded that the consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy “products” may be the biggest threat to much of the world’s plant and animal life, especially as producers of animal-derived foods expand their operations in countries with the highest number of unique plant and animal species. Meanwhile, a Brighter Green report warns that deforestation for animals reared for food and to grow the crops to feed them as well as the pesticides and fertiliser used for those crops are “contributing to rising rates of soil erosion, salinization, alkalization, pollution, and desertification in India”.
Figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations show that cattle and other animals used for food are responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change than the exhaust from all forms of transportation combined, and a United Nations report states that a global shift towards vegan eating is needed to combat the worst effects of climate change.
In addition to protecting the environment, people who go vegan reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity and spare pigs, chickens, cows, and other animals daily suffering and a terrifying death.
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.