For Immediate Release:

20 February 2018

PETA Calls On Dawson Politician to Make Love, Not War

Queensland – PETA has offered to send MP George Christensen, who has come under fire for his Facebook post featuring a photo of himself pointing a gun and the words, “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”, a vegan hamper. The group sent the politician a letter suggesting that eating vegan may help him reduce his aggression, which could be caused by consuming meat.

“Animals who are reared for their flesh are routinely pumped full of chemicals – including antibiotics that ensure their meat yield isn’t put at risk by the diseases and injuries they commonly suffer on factory farms,” writes PETA. “People who eat the meat consume not only these chemicals but also large amounts of cholesterol, which can boost their testosterone levels and hinder their ability to moderate their anger. Eating vegan might help you curb your anger, and you could experience myriad other benefits, including losing weight, avoiding depression, and reducing your risk of heart disease and various cancers.”

Research by Arizona State University shows that people who stop eating meat feel better emotionally. In the study, one group of participants continued eating meat, a second group ate fish but no other source of animal protein, and the third group ate no fish, meat, or eggs. The first two groups reported no change in emotion or cognition, but the third reported feeling more relaxed and focused than they did when they ate meat.

In addition, a Harvard School of Public Health study found that the angriest men were more likely to develop heart disease than those who could ride life’s highs and lows without losing it. Another Harvard study showed that eating bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs, or any other cured, salted, or otherwise processed meat increases the risk of heart disease by 42 per cent and the risk of diabetes by 19 per cent. These are just some of the many reasons why 2.1 million Aussies are now vegetarian or vegan – and the number is rising.

“We’d be happy to send you our vegan starter kit, which is packed full of delicious recipes, but only if you promise not to be angry with us if it arrives a little late,” PETA signed off.

For more information or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.au.