Animal Agriculture Is Full of Gas
It may be an “inconvenient toot,” but cows and other animals raised for food fart and burp massive quantities of greenhouse gasses—so much so that they’re a leading contributor to climate change. So in honor of Earth Day (April 22), the first 50 people who e-mail PETA at [email protected] will each receive one of our hilarious new whoopee cushions, a cheeky reminder that expressing concern for the environment while continuing to eat meat is just a lot of hot air.
Note: This giveaway is open only to residents of the Philippines.
A recent United Nations report concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. In addition, each year, animals raised for food consume nearly 1 billion metric tons of corn, soybeans, and other foods that could be eaten by humans—that’s enough to feed about half of the world’s population. It takes up to 16 kilograms of grain to produce just 1 kilogram of meat.
In today’s meat and dairy industries, chickens have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without any painkillers, and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth. Billions of farmed animals are killed every year—and they’re raised and killed in ways that are as unsustainable as they are cruel.
Posted by Ashley Fruno