For Immediate Release:
27 January 2017

Switching to a Healthy and Humane Plant-Based Lifestyle Can Reverse Campbelltown’s Health Woes, Group Says

Campbelltown – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has dispatched help to Campbelltown after the New South Wales Ministry of Health revealed that the suburb has the highest rates of death attributed to obesity and cardiovascular disease in the Sydney area. The group sent a letter to the Campbelltown City Council, along with a box of vegetarian/vegan starter kits to be distributed among residents. PETA’s point? That eating meat and dairy products is linked to a host of life-threatening ailments, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and strokes.

“By going vegan, the people of Campbelltown would lead healthier, happier lives and also help prevent the slaughter of many animals every year”, says Ashley Fruno, PETA Australia’s associate director of campaigns. “No one enjoys being obese, and following a plant-based lifestyle would help residents lose weight in the most delicious way possible.”

PETA’s vegan starter kit – which can be ordered for free here – includes easy-to-follow recipes, tips for making the transition, and information about meat production’s devastating effects on animals and the environment. Research shows that vegans are a whopping nine times less likely to be obese than meat-eaters are, and a recent study in Australia found that the number of people who are overweight or obese is 15 per cent lower among vegetarians than the general population.

A copy of the letter sent to Campbelltown City Council is available on request. For more information, please visit