PETA to Live Earth: Walk the Walk and Serve Only Vegan Food

PETA Calls On Kevin Wall, Al Gore, Pharrell Williams to Heed Live Earth's Own Advice to Reduce Carbon by Banning Meat and Dairy Products From Events Worldwide

For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

New York – Live Earth 2015 has not yet committed to an all-vegan menu for its upcoming event—a multicontinental concert series set to call on world leaders to take action against climate change. So PETA has rushed a letter directly to the desks of event cofounders Al Gore and Kevin Wall and creative director Pharrell Williams calling on them to make the right decision and commit to Live Earth’s own stated position: that dropping meat and dairy products in favor of vegan foods is the best way to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Live Earth can’t be a leader in fighting climate change if it betrays its own values by failing to offer only vegan food at everything associated with this event,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Animal agriculture is as toxic to the soil, water, and air as it is to animals’ and humans’ health. PETA is encouraging organizers to practice what Live Earth preaches by leaving animals off their menu.”

Raising animals for food is a leading cause of water pollution and land degradation, and the United Nations, the main sponsor of Live Earth, reports that a global shift toward a vegan diet is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change. As documented by PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—animals are confined to crowded, filthy cages and other enclosures when they’re raised by the meat industry. During slaughter, they’re hung upside down and many have their throats cut while they’re still conscious.

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