‘Climate Change Cow’ to Send ‘Moo-ving’ Message to Liberty & Justice Celebration

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

For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Des Moines – On Friday, PETA’s “climate change cow” will moove the group’s campaign to combat climate change to the Liberty & Justice Celebration––the largest Iowa caucus event of 2019––in Des Moines, where she’ll urge candidates to take action to combat animal agriculture’s massive contribution to climate change. The “cow”––who was recently campaigning in Ohio and New Hampshire and chewed the cud with candidates from Joe Biden to Bill Weld––will hold a sign proclaiming, “Go Vegan or We All Die!”

When:    Friday, November 1, 12 noon–6:30 p.m.

Where:    Outside Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St., Des Moines

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 80% 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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