Meat-Eaters Blasted in PETA Earth Day Ad Blitz: ‘Put a Cork in It’

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2022

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Louisville, Ky. – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a message for people riding the bus on Earth Day (April 22) to minimize their carbon footprint: To really fight the climate catastrophe, you’ve got to go vegan. PETA has plastered this urgent message on buses across the city to drive home the point, as Kentucky is among the top 10 states threatened by the climate crisis, with a third of the population at risk from wildfires.

According to the United Nations, a global shift to vegan eating is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe, as animal agriculture alone is responsible for approximately one-fifth of all human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. PETA notes that hurricanes and wildfires have increased in intensity and destructive potential because of these emissions.

“The difference between taking the bus and driving a gas guzzler is nothing compared to the emissions slashed and lives saved by going vegan,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is asking everyone to take personal responsibility for this planetary crisis by eating animal-free foods on Earth Day and every day.”

In addition to helping the planet, each person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals each year daily misery and terrifying deaths in slaughterhouses; reduces their own risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; and even helps prevent future pandemics. COVID-19 is largely believed by experts to have stemmed or spread from a live-animal meat market, and SARS, swine flu, and bird flu have also been linked to confining and killing animals for food.

The ad will run on 15 buses with routes throughout Louisville for a month.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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