GOVERNMENT URGED TO BAN ANIMAL-DERIVED PRODUCTS IN FAVOUR OF ‘DROUGHT-BUSTING’ VEGAN FOOD AS WATER RESTRICTIONS BEGIN

For Immediate Release:
03 June 2019

PETA Asks NSW Water Minister to Adopt ‘Meaningful Measures’ as Dam Levels Fall 

Sydney – As New South Wales’ capital begins its observance of the first water restrictions in a decade, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent a letter to Minister for Water, Melinda Pavey, pointing out that, while water is a critical concern, household use is but a drop in the ocean compared to the tremendous amounts of water used in animal agriculture.

In the letter, the group points out that irrigating the crops that farmed animals eat, providing millions of animals with drinking water, and ‘washing away’ the highly pollutant filth of factory farms, transport trucks and slaughterhouses is a divestment of a vital resource – all for products that are cruel to animals, harmful to human health, and detrimental to the planet.

“An average of 4,500 litres of water is required to produce just one steak, and the production of a single hamburger requires the same amount of water as taking around 30 showers does,” writes PETA Campaigns Advisor Mimi Bekhechi in the letter. “Getting food vendors in government buildings to remove meat, eggs, and dairy from their menus would set a positive example for the rest of the country to follow. … Any measures to improve water conservation must include a long, hard look at the animal agriculture industry.”

An increasing number of Australians are embracing vegan living to help end animal suffering, improve their own health, and minimise their carbon footprint. Globally, more and more farmers are also moving away from animal agriculture and towards crops, citing ethical and economic reasons for making the change.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that over 500 million animals are raised and slaughtered for food in Australia each year, an incredibly resource-intensive practise that diverts land, water, and crops and subjects gentle, sensitive animals to systematic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths.

A copy of PETA’s letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.

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