Giant ‘Celery’ to Stalk Glendale Shoppers With Pro-Vegan Environmental Message

PETA Action Will Coincide With City’s Ban on Plastic Bags to Make the Point That to ‘Go Green,’ You Have to Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Glendale, Calif — Handing out free reusable bags that read, “If Going Green Is Your Bag, Go Vegan,” PETA members dressed as a giant celery stalk and a gargantuan carrot will greet shoppers outside a Glendale grocery store on Monday. The humongous veggies’ point? That while Glendale’s ban on using plastic carry-out bags is a good way to start protecting the environment, the very best thing that concerned residents can do for the planet is to chuck meat, eggs, and dairy products and go vegan.

When:   Monday, July 1, 12 noon

Where:  JONS International Marketplace, 600 E. Colorado St., near the intersection of Colorado Street and S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale

“PETA’s shopping bags point out that it’s impossible to ‘go green’ without going vegan,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Between polluting the soil, water, and air and gobbling up our natural resources, the meat industry is as toxic to the Earth as it is to human health.”

According to the United Nations, a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change, and researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from a standard American diet to a vegan diet is more effective than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid. In addition, vegans are, on average, trimmer than meat-eaters are, and they’re less prone to suffering from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. And of course, every vegan spares the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of more than 100 animals every year.


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