For Immediate Release:
1 July 2019
Animal Protection Group Urges City of Sydney to Serve Only Vegan Meals at Council Premises
Sydney – After Lord Mayor Clover Moore declared a climate emergency in the city of Sydney, setting a goal of reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions by 70% by 2030, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sent a letter to her suggesting a measure that would go a long way in helping to reach that goal: introducing a policy of serving only vegan food at City of Sydney council premises and events.
In the letter, the group points out that whilst it’s admirable that the council plans to complete its transition to 100% renewable energy in 2020, it could immediately further reduce its emissions – at no cost to ratepayers – by introducing a vegan food policy.
“[U]rgent and unprecedented changes are needed to limit the catastrophic damage that will be caused by climate change,” writes PETA Campaigns Adviser Mimi Bekhechi. “Animal agriculture is responsible for a greater proportion of global greenhouse-gas emissions (14 to 18%) than the entire transportation sector combined (13.5%), and therefore, eliminating our consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy is the single most effective thing we can do to combat climate change.”
The United Nations and leading scientists are calling for the reduction or elimination of animal-derived food consumption. Today, no one can offer any reasonable justification for continuing to support the production of animal-based foods, and PETA is calling on those in positions of power to lead by example.
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 consumes vast amounts of land, water, and crops and subjects gentle, sensitive animals to systemic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths.