PETA Points Out That Climate Change, Water Pollution, Resource Depletion and Land Erosion Are All Linked to Consumption of Meat and Dairy Foods
For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2016
Bangkok – Holding a sign reading, “Every day should be Earth Day: Go vegan,” and with the Earth’s oceans and continents painted on her nearly naked body, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia will appear as “Mother Earth” to promote a plant-based diet to passersby in Bangkok on Thursday.
Date: Thursday, 21 April
Time: 11 am sharp
Place: Sukhumvit Road at the corner of Ratchadapisek Road, in front of Exchange Tower (near to Asok BTS station)
“The best thing that any of us can do for our health, for animals and for the environment is to go vegan”, says PETA campaigner Ashley Fruno, who will be in bodypaint for the event. “Whether it’s climate change, the overuse of land resources, massive water and air pollution, or soil erosion, the effects of eating animals are wreaking havoc on the Earth. We’re calling on Bangkok residents to make every day Earth Day by going vegan.”
Scientists agree that animal-based diets threaten the environment:
- The Worldwatch Institute estimates that at least 51 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide can be attributed to “livestock and their byproducts”.
- A United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
- University of Chicago researchers concluded that switching from a standard meat-based diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.
- Waste, antibiotics and pesticides from factory farms and abattoirs contaminate water sources, and farmed animals produce 13 billion metric tons of excrement a year – 48 times as much as the world’s human population produces.
- Satisfying the world’s appetite for animal flesh requires fuel to produce fertiliser for the crops that are fed to animals, gas to run the trucks that take the animals to slaughter, electricity to freeze their carcasses and much more. It takes more than 10 times as much fossil fuel to produce one calorie of animal protein as it does to produce one calorie of plant protein.
Many leading environmental organisations – including the Worldwatch Institute, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists and Al Gore’s Live Earth – recognise that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about any other human activity.