Costumed ‘Pig’ to Stake Out Iowa Agricultural Summit

PETA Supporters Will Deliver Message to Attendees: 'The Future Is Vegan'

For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Des Moines, Iowa – Attendees at the upcoming Iowa Ag Summit will have extra food for thought this year, as PETA’s costumed “pig” joins PETA supporters outside the Elwell Family Food Center at the summit’s start. Bearing signs identifying animals as “fellow Americans,” the group will remind visitors that no discussion of agriculture is complete without a discussion of vegan foods—and their benefit to human health and the environment.

Where:           Elwell Family Food Center, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines

When:             Saturday, March 7, 7 a.m.

“The meat industry is toxic to the planet, to people, and to the animals killed to feed the meat habit,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Promoting a vegan diet is the only way for U.S. farmers to ensure their ability to feed and fuel the nation—and the world—well into the future.”

According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global,” including climate change, land degradation, air and water pollution, and water shortages. And of course, every vegan prevents more than 100 animals every year from experiencing daily suffering and a terrifying death.

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