For Immediate Release:
27 July, 2016

PETA Supporter Points Out That the Meat Industry Is a Major Contributor to Climate Change Issues

Auckland – A nearly naked PETA supporter – covered with green bodypaint – has today descended on a butcher shop in Parnell, Auckland. Holding a sign that reads, “Go Green. Go Vegan”, the protester reminded shoppers that agriculture is responsible for producing 48 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse-gas emissions – two thirds of which are methane produced by cows and sheep.

“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 Campaign Coordinator Claire Fryer. “PETA’s message is that environmental issues can be tackled at the root three times a day – by eating eco-friendly vegan meals.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that a report released last year by the New Zealand government found that rapid growth in dairy farmland and surging carbon dioxide levels are the biggest threats to the health of our land, water and wildlife. On a per capita basis, New Zealand has the highest methane emissions in the world, at 600 kilograms per person.

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