PETA Exposes Meat and Dairy Industries as Nation's Biggest Water Wasters
For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2016
Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382
Naked and posing behind a banner that reads, “Clean Your Conscience: Go Vegan! 1 lb. of Meat Equals 6 Months of Showers,” a PETA beauty will shower on a Miami sidewalk on Tuesday in celebration of World Water Day to let consumers know that going vegan is the best way to reduce animal suffering, go “green,” and conserve water: One person who goes vegan can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year.
Where: Intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and Fifth Street, Miami
When: Tuesday, March 22, noon
“This World Water Day, PETA is rallying against the meat and dairy industries, which guzzle up our water supply and spew out contaminants,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Going vegan prevents both animal suffering and a massive waste of water.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that 1 gallon of milk requires 683 gallons of water to produce and that beef has an overall water footprint of roughly 4 million gallons per ton. By contrast, the water footprint of vegetables is about 85,000 gallons per ton. Runoff from factory farms and livestock grazing is also one of the leading causes of river and lake pollution—and can contaminate groundwater with viruses and bacteria.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.