For Immediate Release:
27 September 2017

PETA Points Out Meaty Omission in Council’s Plans to Reduce Emissions

Bega – After announcing its commitment to the Cities Power Partnership, Bega Valley Shire Council is being asked to take another bite out of climate change, by serving only vegan food at official meetings, functions, and other events.

In a letter to Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) points out that the council could immediately reduce its emissions – without any cost to ratepayers – by enjoying eco-friendly plant foods.

“[V]egan meals offer the easiest and most effective way to take a bite out of climate change,” writes PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “As local community leaders, the members of Bega Valley Shire Council must surely set an example, eating as if you mean business, by enjoying only planet-friendly vegan foods during all official events.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that more than 50 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse-gas emissions come from livestock and that going vegan can reduce a person’s greenhouse-gas emissions from food by more than half. While the production of meat, eggs and dairy “products” is bad for the health of the planet, their consumption has also been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer in humans. And vdon’t just help save their own lives – they also save up to 100 animals a year from immeasurable suffering.

Bega Valley Shire Council has also received some of PETA’s free vegan starter kits.

PETA’s full letter to the Mayor is available here.