There are very serious problems in the world that deserve our attention; but these issues do not diminish the urgency of our cause or any other. Fortunately, PETA’s pro-animal activities have great power to better the human condition as well.
As vegetarians, we advocate eating lower on the food chain, which not only would save 9 billion animals from slaughter each year, but also would save humans from a diet known to cause heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Instead of feeding grain to livestock, a plant-based diet makes 16 times more grain available to hungry people. Eliminating intensive factory farming of animals would save precious water and topsoil; in addition, without the ozone-damaging nitrates resulting from billions of pounds of manure, our air would be cleaner and we would take a giant step toward fighting global warming. In this way, animals, humans, and the environment are interconnected—we all stand to gain by not harming animals.
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