New Electric Bus Fleet Helps PETA Remind Eco-Conscious Commuters Not Just to Peck at Small 'Save the Planet' Ideas but to Go Vegan
For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Albany, N.Y. – The Capital District Transportation Authority is debuting four all-electric buses this summer to help combat climate change, and PETA is on board with the message and has put up myth-busting ads in bus shelters to remind people that meat consumption is a leading cause of deforestation and greenhouse-gas emissions. The ads show a bright green chicken and the words “Meat Is Not ‘Green.’ Save the Planet. Go Vegan!”
“Eco-friendly buses are a move in the right direction, but they’re chicken feed compared to the impact of going vegan,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is calling on Albirdy residents to realize that the sky is falling but that we can do our part to save the planet by scratching meat, eggs, and dairy from our meals.”
According to the United Nations (UN), animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions. A recent UN report cautioned that there are as few as a dozen years left to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius—which needs to happen if we are to avoid disastrous consequences, both regarding weather and food security. The organization has long warned that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
In addition to decreasing their carbon footprint and sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals each per year, people who go vegan reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and other health conditions.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For a free downloadable vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.
The ads are located at 540 Broadway, 126 Western Ave. (near the intersection with S. Lake Avenue), 124 S. Pearl St. (near the intersection with Madison Avenue), on Van Zandt Street (near the intersection with S. Pearl Avenue), near the intersection of Quail Street and Western Avenue, and near the intersection of S. Swan Street and Washington Avenue. All are close to meaty restaurants, including Iron Gate Cafe, Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Crave Burgers and Frozen Yogurt, Albany Halal Grill, The Cuckoo’s Nest, Golden Fried Chicken, Myrna’s Soul Food, and McDonald’s.