‘Climate Change Cow’ to Send ‘Moo-Ving’ Message to Democratic Presidential Debate

PETA Is Pushing All Candidates to Do Something Tangible to Stop Meat and Dairy Industries From Poisoning the Planet

For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Houston – This Thursday, PETA’s “climate change cow” will moove the group’s campaign to combat climate change to the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, where she’ll urge candidates to take action to combat animal agriculture’s massive contribution to climate change. The “cow”––who was recently in New Hampshire for the state’s Democratic Party Convention and chewed the cud with candidates Joe Biden and Cory Booker––will hold a sign proclaiming, “Go Vegan or We All Die!”

When:    Thursday, September 12, starting at 6 p.m. and continuing throughout the evening

Where:    Outside Texas Southern University, 3000 Wheeler Ave. (outside the Health and Physical Education Arena), Houston

A recent analysis of the food industry’s impact on the environment concluded that a massive reduction in meat-eating is essential to reduce disastrous climate change, including cutting beef consumption by 90% and dairy milk consumption by 60% in Western countries. More than 90% of the Amazon rainforest that’s been cleared since 1970 is used for international meat production, which is a major contributor to pollution, land degradation, water shortages, and habitat destruction. A global shift to vegan eating is required to combat the worst effects of climate change, as animal agriculture alone is responsible for nearly one-fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The meat and dairy industries are not only killing animals but also guzzling up natural resources, decimating land and wildlife, spewing out contaminants, and messing up our planet’s weather,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA’s ‘climate change cow’ will be at this and other events to urge everyone to embrace a vegan way of life in the face of the climate crisis.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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