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Meat-Free Meals Can Help People in Japan Reduce Their Carbon Footprints, Says PETA
What: On World Vegan Day this Friday, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will be covered from head to toe with bright-green bodypaint and hold signs that read, “Go Green – Go Vegan,” among the commuters at Shibuya Station, Tokyo. Their point? People in Japan can protect the environment and fight climate change by ditching meat, eggs, and dairy and going vegan.
Where: By the Hachikō Statue, in front of Shibuya Station, Shibuya, Tokyo
When: Friday, November 1, 12 noon–1 p.m.
“Thousands of people in Japan stood up for the environment in recent climate change demonstrations,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA wants all concerned citizens to know that each of us can shrink our carbon footprint, flight climate change, and save animals simply by leaving animals off our plates.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems combined. The United Nations (UN) has determined that raising animals for food causes enormous local and global environmental problems and should be a main focus in every discussion about land degradation, climate change, water and air pollution, water shortages, and the loss of biodiversity. The UN has stressed that a global shift toward vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. In addition, vegans are, on average, trimmer than meat-eaters and less likely to suffer from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. And every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.
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