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Spilling It re Oil and Meat, ‘Plane’ and Simple

Written by PETA | April 30, 2010

Officials are scrambling to contain the beyond-massive oil spill that’s headed for the Gulf Coast and its wetlands and wildlife areas. At times like this, I know it’s popular to blame big business, and that’s fair enough. But in a free-enterprise system, business only gets big (and sloppy and greedy) because of consumer demand. This morning, PETA delivered that message to Alabama residents by flying a banner over downtown Mobile reading “Meat on Your Grill = Oil Spill.”


Plane Banner


Raising animals for food causes environmental devastation on a massive scale, and oil spills can be blamed in large part on the oil-guzzling meat industry—which owes its existence to the meat-guzzling public. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it takes more than 10 times as much fossil fuel to produce a calorie of animal protein as it takes to produce the same amount of plant protein.

This disaster will have a devastating, long-lasting impact on the region and its residents, including more than 400 animal species, but crying over spilled oil and blaming big corporations won’t make a difference. To ease tremendous animal suffering, safeguard human health, and help prevent oil spills, go vegan.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Maria Cruise says:

    Now is the time for PETA volunteers to show concern for the innocent animal sea life being suffocated and killed by this tragic environmental disaster. Blame is not helping the Pelicans fish gasping choking for air 247.

  • Klara says:

    Meat production costs energy but also air condition dryer for the laundry using the car instead of the bike etc etc. Thinking more about the environment in every situation! Getting vegan is a good beginning but there is much to work on for all of us!!!!!

  • Jen says:

    I think this has to do mostly with big wigs tryn to get rich fast any way they can. anyone who thought off shore drilling was a good or safe idea is out of their mind. they try putn in our heads that we need to drill drill drill like sarah palin says all the time. well now look. we are all screwd this is going to affect all of us not to mention the most important the ANIMALS!!!!!. We all need to be greener and not be such consuming sloths ruining the world that has given us so much. I really hope they prosecute those idiots and throw them in jail for life for fing up the water and the animals to come. God bless every life form in that area and may they come out safe and sound.

  • Toby Saunders says:

    I love public proanimalrights displays but this one is confusing… that phrase requires research to understand! ‘MORE MEAT MEANS MORE OIL SPILLS PETA’ is more to the point I’m familar enough with Alabamans to know that ‘MEAT ON YOUR GRILL OIL SPILL’ will be taken as a reactionary metaphor the spill is the meat symbolically instead of a literal comment on fossil fuel consumption. Clarity counts what can I say. Good going PETA! Some people will get it surely!

  • troller says:

    It wasn’t preventable anything that relies on human reliability is unreliable. The parts of the rig were built by machines that were inspected by humans and maintained by humans and programed by humans. I know that every disaster is always be default an accident but this occurance is much too coincidential to not suspect sabotage. Any way we import most of our oil anyway and use most of it by transportation true upwards of 25 of our oil is used in industry but that doesn’t mean all 100 of the 25 is used for factory farms and processing plants. that’s like saying that evil man is driving a hummer he is the cause of global climate change note that i didn’t use the word warming because it is getting colder on average where I live

  • Gene Sengstake says:

    It’s so easy for people to blame anything other than themselves for all the problems we are facing in the world. It would be great if we all went vegan. If say the government would put some money into R D of vegan products people probably wouldn’t even miss eating meat. But then there are these never ending wars our rediculous demand for more energy partly if not mostly due to our outofcontrol population. It never ends and actually you think this oil spill is bad and it truly is a disaster it will get worse in one form or another. Personally I think “we’re” getting exactly what we deserve. But our children grandchildren the animals fish and all other forms of life do not deserve what they are getting. We really should be ashamed

  • Cody says:

    Alright guys I too am a vegan and I’m often behind your campaigns… but this doesn’t seem like the right time to be pushing our agenda at the moment. This is a crisis that is going to destroy local wildlife we need to be encouraging locals to whip out the Dawn and get down there when inevitable landfall occurs. I know we need to spread the word but this only makes us look like assholes.

  • Carrie says:

    Good idea! This oil spill is a tragedy and it’s a preventable tragedy. The less we use oil the less there is to spill plain and simple. And the best way to reduce your dependence on oil is by adopting a vegan diet.