For Immediate Release:
27 February 2018
Animal Rights Group Asks Lord Mayor to Grant Request That Will Solve Council’s Ongoing Issue
Sydney – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter today to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore with an unusual request: change the name of Newtown’s Egan Street to Vegan Street. The group proposes that changing the name of the Inner West street would reflect the growth of the area’s ethically minded community and could even save the City of Sydney council money.
“Newtown is well known for having a large number of vegan restaurants, so changing Egan Street’s name to Vegan Street would not only promote healthy, eco-friendly eating and kindness to animals but also support local businesses,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “As the street’s signs are regularly altered by locals to read ‘Vegan St’, this move would also save the council the cost of replacing or cleaning the sign each time.”
The Council has told PETA that it costs around $200 each time the sign needs to be replaced. To deal with the ongoing situation Council has considered completely removing the sign or placing it on a taller pole. However PETA says simply changing the name is a better solution.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that more than 500 million land animals are killed for their flesh every year in Australia. They’re strung upside down and their throats are slit, often while they’re still conscious.
The proposed name change would also make a strong environmental statement. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental degradation around the world – including in Australia, where it’s responsible for 52 per cent of methane emissions. Whether for a barbecue or a brunch, vegan meals offer the easiest and most effective way to take a bite out of climate change.
PETA has offered to host a celebratory vegan sausage sizzle for residents if the name change is implemented.
For more information, or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.au.