Written by Jeff Mackey
After Canada's House of Commons passed a budget bill that
strikes down several environmental protection laws, PETA's blue-painted supporters
hit Ottawa's Parliament Hill to rock the government's world—almost literally—and
to urge eco-conscious Canadians not to despair because they can still help save the planet by eating
According to the United Nations, the meat industry is in
large part responsible for some of the most serious environmental problems that
we face today, including climate change. So even if you aren't daring enough to
strip down to bodypaint (although if you are, let PETA know), don't feel blue—you can still help protect the Earth by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
Today marks the 42nd anniversary
of Earth Day. To celebrate, PETA presents the top 10 surprising ways that helping save the
planet saves animals, too:
Most of the
puppies that pet stores sell are trucked or flown hundreds of miles from puppy mills, creating a Great Dane–sized carbon pawprint. But animal shelters in every city
are full of locally grown companion animals you can tuck into your Smart car before
taking the short drive home.
just hard on orcas—it's also hard on
the environment. The marine park was in a fine mess after it got hit with a
fine for messing up San Diego's Mission Bay after violating effluent limitations numerous times.
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being decimated by biological supply houses that catch huge numbers of frogs to
be dissected. If you're a student or parent, urge your local school district to
switch to a virtual dissection
more than 25,000 miles
every year dragging animals across the country chained in boxcars and trucks. Don't give
the "cruelest show on Earth" your green until it goes green and
retires its animals to sanctuaries.
Primates are torn
away from their jungle homes and flown to the U.S. from as far away as China,
Cambodia, and Indonesia to be used in experiments. Ask the few airlines that still transport primates to laboratories to stop—for animals and the
We know that only
mean people wear fur, and only ungreen
people wear the toxic soup of chemicals that it takes to keep the fur from
rotting off their backs—chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and chromates.
There are so
many luscious body-care product lines out now that are made without harsh
chemicals and without harsh animal tests that it's easier than ever to be a
green goddess. Check out PETA's shopping guide for a list of cruelty-free companies.
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Neither are the
other chemicals you'll
find en masse at leather tanneries, such as formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and cyanide-based finishes. Wearing
dried-up animal skin is all dried up.
Meat production requires so much water that you save more water by not eating one 16-ounce steak than you do by not showering for six months.
So by going vegan, you can help save the Earth and keep it a pleasant-smelling
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Now that you've
saved the Earth and animals, relax with a beer. If you recall PETA's notorious "Got Beer?" campaign,
you know this beverage choice won't contribute to the massive climate change, exploitation of
resources, and water and air pollution that the dairy industry is responsible for.
Spread the green! Share this post on
social-networking sites and help other aspiring environmentalists go green for
If your tofu has turned green, you'll probably want to toss
it. But the
results of a recent study
show that our tofu is so green that it's a cause for celebration!
The findings of this new study reveal how vegan foods, such
as veggie dogs, tofu, and seitan,
contribute little to climate change compared to meat.
For example, only 350 grams of carbon dioxide are released for each kilogram of
soy "meat" produced, while an equivalent amount of ground meat is
responsible for around 7,200 grams of carbon dioxide. If my math is correct,
that means a hamburger patty causes more than 20 times more harmful greenhouse gasses to be released than does a veggie
burger of the same size.
PETA's always said that "meat's not green"
because of the severe environmental
caused by factory farming—which
releases massive amounts of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change.
With a growing focus on our responsibility
for maintaining our planet, there's still no better way to go green than by going vegan.
Written by PETA
If you're one of
those people who need a deadline to take action, here's one for you: five years.
That's how long analysts with the International Energy Agency
give the world's governments to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and reverse climate change
"before it's too late." Governments have their role, but there's an
important lifestyle change that every individual can make to ensure that our
planet doesn't become a giant sauna: Go vegan.
A plant-based diet
is not only healthier for
but also better for the entire planet. Consider the following statistics:
raising animals for food in the U.S. alone produces 89,000 pounds of waste per second. Much of that untreated waste
ends up polluting our land
There's no time to
delay switching to a healthy, vegan diet. Check out PETA's vegetarian/vegan starter kit,
and share it with friends and family. On behalf of everyone who's become rather
fond of Earth's
inhabitable qualities, thank you.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
might make you blue, but red and white meat isn't green.
just as true halfway around the Earth as it is here. That's why these members
of PETA Asia-Pacific went earthy from head to
toe: to ask the folks in that part of the world to dump their Earth-wrecking
addictions to meat.
A leading contributor to climate change is the emission of greenhouse gasses such as carbon
dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Raising animals for food is one of the
largest sources of carbon-dioxide emissions and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous-oxide
emissions. We now use 30
percent of the Earth's land to raise animals for food. And the excrement-riddled
runoff from factory farms pollutes
our waterways more than all other industrial sources combined.
it's your turn. You know what I'm about to say: Go blue, go green, go vegan!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Best thing about PETA: ending cruelty to animals.
Second-best thing about
PETA: naked guys.
Great things happen when studs meet
suds. With Gay Pride starting in Las Vegas, it was the perfect opportunity
to debut our first all-male shower demonstration. When our vegan guys stripped
down to show passersby that meat production demolishes natural resources,
even in Vegas people stopped to pay
The hundreds of people taking pictures
with the boys learned that the amount of water needed to produce 1 pound of meat
is equivalent to six months of showers. So, not surprisingly, our "Meat's Not Green"
and vegetarian/vegan starter
flew out of the demonstrators' (slightly soapy) hands.
We can't send you the guys (sorry), but
we can send you a free vegetarian/vegan
Finally! Someone who fights factory farm pollution has received some serious recognition. Lynn Henning, a Michigan corn and soybean farmer, has just been presented with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize (known worldwide as the "Green Nobel") and the accompanying $150,000 award for her efforts to expose factory farms for the pollution-spewing cesspools they are. She plans to donate much of the money to environmental groups and spend a portion on water-monitoring kits. Go, Henning!
Encouraging people to recycle and use energy-efficient light bulbs is all well and good, but everyone needs to hold factory farms accountable for their dirty deeds by refusing to buy their dirty goods. Just last week, millions of gallons of manure from a dairy farm spilled into the Snohomish River. Both Perdue Farms and Hudson Farm—an 80,000-bird factory farm—were recently sued for mucking up the Chesapeake Bay.
Meat's not green, so I hope that everyone is celebrating Earth Day—and making Henning's work less lonely—by eating only vegan food.
Oh, and check out some of the winners in other countries. Most of them are also helping animals and the environment at the same time. Feel inspired?
Written by Heather Moore
This weekend, D.C. residents were lucky enough to have the chance to catch PETA's hardworking campaigners showering for a cause—not once, but twice!
On Friday, two PETA ladies decided to clean their consciences on the corner of Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Our squeaky-clean lasses wanted to let people know that the amount of water that it takes to produce 1 pound of meat could provide an individual with a year's worth of showers.
Then, at the Washington Convention Center on Saturday, our message got masculine (and mustachioed).
Our showering fella was at the annual Green Festival, where he let people know that meat's not green and that the easiest way to have a positive impact on the environment is to wash your hands of the stuff.
Written by Shawna Flavell
It's a hazy day here on the Right Coast. As I watch leaves fall and steam rise from my soy mocha, the mood is set for a lazy (yet highly skilled) meander through gossip rags for fun stuff. Here are my faves:
Thanks for stopping by! Catch you next time, and don't forget to hug all your vegetarian friends.
Written by Missy Lane
The following is a guest post from peta2's Marta.
Can a group of 11- to 14-year-olds from San Diego get people to eat less meat? The Sandy LEGO Beachbots can! The Beachbots build LEGO robots for competitions (where they sometimes give out vegan pizza), and they've also launched an initiative called Kids Keep the Earth Cool to persuade people to eat less meat by showing them the connection between animal agriculture and climate change.
We're really impressed with what they're doing and had to learn more. Check out what Brennan (one of the Beachbots) had to say:
How did the Sandy LEGO Beachbots come about, and what do you guys do? We do First LEGO League, which is an international LEGO robotics competition. FLL involves building and programming a LEGO robot to do certain missions. These missions are based around a certain theme, and the teams competing also have to do a project on this theme and present a presentation to the judges. We have been doing this for six years now, with various team members.
Tell us about your robot design and how you incorporate veganism.Our robot design itself isn't really related to vegetarianism—that is our solution to this year's project! The theme this year is climate change. Some of our team members (including me) were already vegetarians, so we decided to do our project on how vegetarianism relates to global warming.
How long have you been vegetarian? Do you have a favorite vegetarian recipe?My sisters and I have been vegetarians since birth—our mom, the coach, is also a vegetarian. A favorite recipe? I don't know—there are tons of great recipes out there. One of my favorites is the vegetarian lasagne my mom makes.
Do you have a recommendation for people who are not quite ready to make the full transition to vegetarianism yet?If you aren't ready to completely give up meat, reducing your meat consumption still has a huge effect! If you reduce your meat consumption by only six meatless days a month, it has the same affect as switching from a sedan to a hybrid vehicle.
Are there any other animal rights issues that are important to you?I personally am opposed to the use of animals … in any way [that] harms them. There are much better ways to do things that do not involve hurting or killing the other inhabitants of this Earth!
Isn't Brennan awesome? Check out the Web site that he and the other Sandy LEGO Beachbots made—www.kidskeeptheearthcool.org.
We love what the Beachbots are doing so much that we're giving them a Compassionate Kids Award. As the Beachbots say, "Eating a bean burrito instead of meat helps save the world!"
Written by Marta Holmberg
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