For Immediate Release:
15 August 2019

PETA Calls On the Prime Minister to Take Action on Climate Change Following UN Report

Wellington – As news circulates of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recommendation that people eat less animal-derived food, PETA has issued a challenge to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urging her to try vegan for 30 days. The challenge comes as she attends climate talks in Tuvalu, where she has stated that when it comes to protecting the environment, “we all have to take responsibility for ourselves” and “every single little bit matters”.

In a letter to Ardern, PETA points out that raising animals for food leads to catastrophic environmental outcomes. Meat and dairy provide the world’s human population with a mere 18% of its calories, despite using 83% of farmland and generating 60% of the agriculture industry’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

“Let’s not leave our children a dying planet. Now is the time for sensible and compassionate leaders like you to take personal responsibility for the future,” writes PETA Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “Will you be the change you want to see in the world and give our vegan challenge a go?”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview– has also offered to send the prime minister a selection of vegan cheeses to sample, should she accept the challenge, since she’s cited a love of the coagulated bovine milk product in the past. Vegan cheese is better not only for Mother Earth but also for mother cows, who often cry for days after their babies are taken away from them in the dairy industry.

The letter can be read here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.