Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day, Bodypainted Beauties to Hit Palm Springs With ‘Go Green, Go Vegan’ Message

Meat-Free Meals Can Help Concerned Americans Reduce Their Carbon Footprints, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2014

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Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Palm Springs, Calif. – Wearing green bodypaint and sporting green hair, two PETA members will distribute PETA’s “Meat’s Not Green” leaflets to lunchtime shoppers in downtown Palm Springs on Thursday. The bodypainted beauties’ point? Americans can help the environment by chucking meat, eggs, and dairy products and going vegan.

“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,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA wants Americans to know that each of us can personally fight climate change—and save animals—simply by going vegan.”

According to the United Nations (U.N.), raising animals for food is “a top contributor to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” In its report, the U.N. found that the meat industry causes local and global environmental problems even beyond climate change. It said that the meat industry should be a main focus in every discussion of land degradation, air pollution, water shortages and pollution, and loss of biodiversity. In addition, vegans are, on average, trimmer than meat-eaters, and they’re less prone to suffering from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. And of course, every vegan saves more than 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.

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