PETA Sends Bill Shorten Meaty Vegan Burger

Animal Rights Group Takes Pity On Minister, Who “Has Clearly Never Enjoyed a Delicious, Satisfying Vegan Burger”

Sydney – Following Shadow Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten’s comments likening the 2021 Federal Budget to a “vegan Big Mac”, PETA is rushing him a deliciously meaty vegan Biggie burger from iconic fast-food chain Lord of the Fries.

“When we heard Shorten liken the budget to a vegan burger because it wasn’t ‘meaty’ enough, we realised that the minister has clearly never enjoyed a delicious, satisfying vegan burger and took pity on him. We knew we needed to fill that void with two juicy Beyond Meat patties, vegan cheese, lettuce, pickles, and special sauce on a soft bun,” said PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice.

As for the budget, PETA agrees that it’s lacking. “The government doesn’t earn any ‘green points’ for ‘committing funds’ in this year’s budget to tackling climate change while ignoring the cow in the room,” says Rice. “We need leaders to take urgent and meaningful action to address the devastating environmental impact of raising animals for food. We can no longer afford to keep throwing money at an industry that is killing us, the planet, and animals.”

The United Nations has called animal agriculture “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and estimates that the industry is responsible for around 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. Australia remains the only developed nation on the list of deforestation hotspots, and most of its tree-clearing is undertaken to create pasture for livestock, which not only robs native animals of their homes but also replaces vital carbon sinks – trees – with millions of methane-generating, water-intensive sheep and cows.

“It’s not just our government that must lead by example when it comes to addressing the environmental destruction caused by our appetite for flesh. Each and every Australian can do their part every time they sit down to eat, simply by leaving animals off their plates,” says Rice.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that over 500 million gentle, sensitive animals are subjected to systemic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths in the Australian food system each year.

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