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Poll: Is Al Gore a Hypocrite?

Written by PETA | June 24, 2011

After Al Gore chastised President Obama in a Rolling Stone essay for not being tough enough in combating climate change, PETA, in turn, took the former veep to task for not being tough enough on his own high-carbon diet.

Even though scientific studies show that raising animals for food is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse-gas emissions, Gore continues to chow down on chops. In fact, the official handbook of the Live Earth concerts—which Gore helped organize—acknowledges that abstaining from meat is the “the single most effective thing” you can do to reduce your impact on climate change.

“As you know, going vegan will help reduce animal suffering, your waistline, and your impact on the planet, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” wrote PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in a letter to Gore. “After all, it wouldn’t do to challenge the president’s ‘climate of denial’ while ignoring your own book’s excellent advice.”

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  • geezerPlus says:

    @Seth PETA was thanking Zuckerberg (a person of great influence on young people) for giving thought about where food actually comes from. Perhaps in the near future, MZ will realize it’s not worth to end a life just to give his palate some momentary pleasure. Baby steps Seth, baby steps.

  • kathy says:

    I lost respect for Al Gore when I learned he doesn’t practice what he preaches. He seems to be lacking integrity.

  • jenifer says:

    Does Seth think that PETA reps ride bicycles to events across the USA? Air travel is a necessity for most people, especially business men and women. Many global airlines and companies that use airlines frequetly purchase carbon offsets. We don’t live in a perfect world. Let’s realize that and move on and pick our battles. Why is it OK for PETA to place meat eating celebs, like Bethenny Frankel, on their anti fur campaigns but it is NOT ok for Al Gore to support climate change while eating a steak? It takes a hypocrite to know a hypocrite. I eat meat, but I also support PETA in a variety of their campaigns and research. Do you not want my money or voice anymore? Eating meat is not the #1 cause of global warming. The practice of factory farming IS! We slaughter and package (using styrophoam and plastic wrap) x hundreds of thousands of livestock per day on one farm in ‘State X’ using machinery that is inefficient and using diesel fuel. Then we ship the product to 50 states across the USA using diesel hogging semi trucks. THAT, my friends, is the #1 cause of Global Warming. Instead of calling vegans crazy hippies and referring to carnivors as gun weilding psychos, let’s solve the problem! Vegans forget that the factories that process their animal friendly products exist just as well as slaughterhouses.

  • Felicia says:

    I saw Al Gore’s movie and I couldn’t make it through the whole thing because he is such a hyprocrite. He talks about how everyone else should end global warming yet he lives in mansions (which use a lot of engergy to run), uses private jets (that waste fuel) and now I am learning that he contributes even more to “global warming” by eating meat. He would be more effective promoting his views if he practiced what he preached.

  • Jen says:

    You will never be able to convince 100% of the world population to stop eating animals/animal products for the rest of their lives… not even close. Veganism isn’t for everyone and those who don’t support it should not be chastized. We can help stop climate change in other ways. PETA and/or vegans have no right to say “it’s my way or the highway.” Those of us that DO choose to eat meat ARE making changes in other ways to help promote a healthy earth and environment. Are you saying that meat eaters should not support PETA at all if we refuse to stop eating meat? Let’s get rid of this elementary school mentality that we all have to act and live and think the EXACT same way to unite for a cause. Al Gore has done more than any other political figure to promote change. Sink your teeth into someone who deserves it more…

  • Seth says:

    Ummmm… Isn’t PeTA the biggest hypocrites for blasting Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons for his shooting of a rogue elephant which fed an African village, while sending Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg a gift basket for slitting animals throats cold bloodedly?

  • Toby says:

    It doesn’t quite make sense to treat hypocrisy as bad; if someone says, “it’s bad to rape” but then rapes, surely that is better than saying, “it’s good to rape” and then rapes… hypocrisy is sometimes better than the alternative, so it doesn’t make sense to make fun of people for it. Clearly Gore should be vegan like everyone else should, but saying, “it’s bad that you promote veganism without being vegan” might cause someone to wrongfully stop the promotion in order to stop the hypocrisy! Gore has done some great work in promoting the danger of global warming anyway…