For Immediate Release:
8 August 2017

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

Byron Bay – After announcing its commitment to the Cities Power Partnership, Byron 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 Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) points out that while the council’s goal of becoming Australia’s first “Zero Emissions community” is admirable, it 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 Byron 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. In addition to being bad for the health of the planet, meat and dairy foods have also been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer in humans. Vegans don’t just help save their own lives – they also save up to 100 animals a year from immeasurable suffering.

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

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