Bodypainted Colleens Say, ‘Eat Green—Eat Vegan!’ for St. Patrick’s Day

PETA Members to Tout the Eco-Friendliness of Meat-Free Meals

For Immediate Release:
March 14, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn.What:    Wearing nothing but green bodypaint, green-haired PETA members will display signs proclaiming, “Go Green: Go Vegan,” in downtown Nashville on Thursday, a few days before St. Patrick’s Day. The nearly naked group will make the case to lunchtime shoppers that the single best way to help the environment and animals is by choosing plant-based meals.

When:    Thursday, March 15, 12 noon

Where:    At the intersection of Fifth and Church streets, Nashville

“There’s no time like St. Patrick’s Day to go green, and everyone can help the environment by kicking meat, eggs, and dairy ‘products’ to the curb,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants concerned consumers to know that shrinking their carbon footprint is as easy as going vegan.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that animal agriculture accounts for an estimated 50 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and the United Nations has concluded that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change. In addition, if every American skipped just one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon-dioxide saving would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off U.S. roads.

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