For Immediate Release:
2 November 2016

Group Says Using Sausages to Fundraise for Prostate Cancer Is Like Selling Cigarettes to Help Cure Lung Cancer

Sydney – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia sent a letter today to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia with a potentially life-saving request: the group wants the cancer charity to change the name of its Big Aussie Barbie campaign to Big Aussie Vegan Barbie. PETA hopes its proposal will remind people that barbecuing animals will only help cause cancer, not cure it.

“Considering meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of cancer, handing out sausages at a fundraiser for prostate cancer makes about as much sense as selling cigarettes to help cure lung cancer”, says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “November is World Vegan Month, so what better time than now for the Prostate Cancer Foundation to mandate that its fundraisers be meat-free?”

PETA has offered to donate vegan sausages to barbecues throughout November if the foundation makes the switch.

Last year, the World Health Organisation classified processed meats such as sausages as carcinogenic, and just last month, a study published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases revealed that foods laden with saturated fat and cholesterol make prostate cancer more aggressive. According to a recent study, one-third of cancer cases in Australia can be prevented through lifestyle change, including reducing red-meat consumption.

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PETA’s letter to the Prostate Cancer Foundation is here.