Nude PETA Beauties to Shower on Sidewalk in Dover to Expose the Meat Industry’s Pollution and Enormous Consumption of Water

Group Will Remind Passersby in Run-Up to Earth Day That if They Really Want to Go Green, They’ll Buy a Rain Barrel and Go Vegan

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Dover, Del. — Naked behind a banner that reads, “Clean Your Conscience: Go Vegan! 1 lb. of Meat Equals 6 Months of Showers,” two PETA beauties will shower together on a sidewalk in Dover just four days before Earth Day to let consumers know that the best way to conserve water and help the environment is to go vegan. The action will coincide with an initiative by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, which will be selling repurposed barrels just up the street at a discounted rate for residents to use to collect rainwater.

When:   Thursday, April 18, 12 noon

Where:  Intersection of S. State and W. Loockerman streets, Dover

Going vegan is an easy way to cut down on personal water usage, and it’s the best thing that anyone can do to help stop animal suffering. According to the United Nations, 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 water shortages and pollution, land degradation, air pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

“Between gobbling up our natural resources and polluting the soil, water, and air, the meat industry is as toxic to the Earth as it is to human health,” says PETA beauty Ashley Byrne. “PETA wants Dover residents to know that rain barrels are a great start, but each of us can save water—and animals’ lives—simply by going vegan.”

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