Meat industry remains the leading emitter of greenhouse gases that causes climate change and negatively affects species' ability to survive, an animal rights body said here today.
Citing a Worldwatch Institute report, PETA claimed that 51 per cent of annual greenhouse-gas emissions can be attributed to meat, egg, and diary industries.
Tomorrow is the International Day of Forests and we want to make people aware of how eating meat contributes to extinction of species," Ayushi Sharma, PETA India Campaigns Coordinator said.
"We are clearing forests to raise animals for food, to grow crops we feed to those animals. We pollute the environment these wild animals live in, they will soon become extinct, she said.
Quoting a United Nations report, a statement from the body claimed that global shift towards vegan eating was needed to combat the worst effects of climate change.
Sharma said the message was to try a vegan lifestyle to improve your health, to save the animals and planet earth.
Three People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, India (PETA) volunteers body-painted as a tiger, a zebra and a giraffe gathered at Rajiv Chowk here.
They held placards reading eating meat contributes to extinction of species and claimed that raising animals for food was one of the biggest causes of loss of species-rich habitats".
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