For Immediate Release:
14 February 2020
Animal Protection Group Encourages Warringah MP to Walk the Walk on Climate Change and Go Vegan
Warringah – After Warringah MP Zali Steggall announced details of her proposal for a climate change bill, recognising that responding urgently to the climate crisis is “a matter of conscience”, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent her a letter suggesting a simple, tangible action she can take to show her commitment to tackling this issue: eating with a conscience by adopting a vegan lifestyle.
In the letter, the group points out that the UN states that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change, and University of Oxford researchers agree that cutting animal-derived foods from our diets is the “single biggest way” to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and conserve both water and land.
“Of course, Australia must leave the thirsty coal industry behind, but that’s not the only solution,” writes PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “Since farming animals is responsible for approximately one-third of the world’s water consumption, Aussies are increasingly questioning the logic of persisting with our enormous animal agriculture industry, especially on a drought-stricken continent dubbed ‘the hottest place on Earth’.” She goes on to say, “People expect those in power to lead by example. … Overhauling the global food system might seem overwhelming, but we each hold immense power by choosing what we put on our plates.”
Nobel Prize–winning physicist Steven Chu surveyed the world’s carbon-emitting industries and concluded that emissions from agriculture are a bigger problem than those from energy generation, observing that “[i]f cattle and dairy cows were a country, they would have more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire EU 28”.
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 quantities of land, water, and crops and subjects gentle, sensitive animals to systemic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths.