For Immediate Release:
5 July 2016

PETA Supporters Point Out That Animal Agriculture Is a Major Contributor to Climate Change Issues

Adelaide – Nearly naked PETA members, covered with blue and green bodypaint, descended today on the 2016 Climate Adaptation Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Holding signs that read, “Be Green. Eat Vegan” and “We Blue It: Time to Go Vegan”, the protesters reminded participants that a global shift towards plant-based meals, as recommended by the United Nations, is an essential component in addressing climate change.

“Climate change, water pollution, resource depletion, species extinction, deforestation and land erosion are all linked to the consumption of meat and dairy foods”, says PETA Australia Associate Director Ashley Fruno. “PETA’s message is that environmental issues can be tackled at the root three times a day – by eating eco-friendly vegan meals”.

Scientists agree that animal-based diets threaten the environment:

  • The Worldwatch Institute estimates that more than 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide can be attributed to “livestock and their byproducts”.
  • University of Chicago researchers concluded that switching from a standard meat-based diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.
  • Satisfying the world’s appetite for animal flesh requires fuel to produce fertiliser for the crops that are fed to animals, gas to run the trucks that take the animals to slaughter, electricity to freeze their carcasses and much more. It takes more than 10 times as much fossil fuel to produce one calorie of animal protein as it does to produce one calorie of plant protein.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes many leading environmental organisations – including the Worldwatch Institute, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Al Gore’s Live Earth – recognise that raising animals for food is one of the most damaging factors facing our fragile environment.

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