APEC ECONOMIC LEADERS’ MEETING URGED TO GO VEGAN
PETA Asia Pens Letter Calling for Cruelty-Free Menu, Asks for Tofu Adobo to Be Served to Obama and Other Leaders
For Immediate Release:
November 2, 2015
Manila — With the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting just days away, PETA Asia has sent a letter calling on organizers to make good on their promise to bring climate change front and center by adopting a vegan menu for the Manila events. As PETA points out in its letter, raising animals for food is a leading cause of climate change, and according to the United Nations, a worldwide shift toward vegan eating is needed to combat the worst effects.
“Offering a plant-based menu protects the environment and also spares animals from exploitation and slaughter by the meat industry,” says PETA Asia Vice President of International Operations Jason Baker. “PETA Asia is calling on world leaders to celebrate peace over a meal no one had to die for.”
As PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—points out, the meat, egg, and dairy industries are among the top contributors to the most serious environmental problems we face, including destruction of the rainforests, water shortages, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.
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