For Immediate Release:
27 November 2019
Severity of Bushfires Is Linked to Climate Change, and Cutting Animal Products From Our Diets Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ to Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
Gold Coast – As fires continue to devastate parts of Australia, Pamela Anderson, who is currently touring on the Gold Coast, has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with a plea to take meaningful and urgent action to save lives in the future.
“As you’ve already noted, the science is clear: climate change has played a key role in the severity of this year’s bushfires,” Anderson writes. “But acknowledging this is only half the battle. Australia has one of the highest greenhouse-gas emissions per capita of any nation, largely driven by one sector: animal agriculture.”
The actor goes on to say, “Just as your government is surely working on emissions-saving energy and transport policies, you could lead by example by implementing a climate-friendly vegan food policy for government functions, along with transitioning the menu at Sometimes Strangers’ Restaurant at Parliament House to an all-vegan one.”
In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the University of Oxford concluded that cutting animal “products” from our diets is the “single biggest way” to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and conserve water and land. The United Nations has also stated that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate 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 extremely resource-intensive practice that uses vast amounts of land, water, and crops and subjects gentle, sensitive animals to systemic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths.
Anderson has worked with PETA and its affiliates for many years to campaign for the rights of animals trapped in marine parks, speak out against the use of animal skins in fashion, and more.