Doomsday Clock Change Prompts Vegan Appeal

PETA Urges Scientists to Set an Example in the Face of Meat- and Dairy-Driven Climate Change

For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Chicago – After the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited climate change inaction as one of its reasons for moving the Doomsday Clock forward to just 100 seconds before midnight, PETA sent a letter urging members of the organization to go vegan and to recommend vegan eating as a way to combat the climate crisis and the impending extinction of the human species.

In the letter, PETA pointed out that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. A recent study by the University of Oxford found that eliminating animal-derived foods could reduce a person’s food carbon footprint by 73%, and the United Nations has stated that a global shift to vegan eating is vital if we are to fight the worst effects of climate change.

“The solution to the climate crisis is staring all of us in the face—it’s simply a matter of eating vegan food instead of meat and dairy,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA thanks the members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for shining a spotlight on our planet’s perilous position and urges them to go one step further and advocate vegan eating as the way to turn back the clock.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that the clock is now closer to Doomsday than ever before.

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