For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2022
Lauren Kent 202-483-7382
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – PETA Asia’s scantily clad “lettuce ladies” headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) today to bare their skin and lay bare the summit’s hypocrisy of serving meat, dairy, and other planet-killing foods. According to the UN’s own recommendations, going vegan is necessary if we are to avoid the worst effects of the climate catastrophe, since animal agriculture is responsible for nearly one-fifth of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Photos are available here.
“Would an oncologist take puffs of a cigarette while administering chemotherapy? Because that’s exactly how leaders look when they talk about saving the planet in between bites of meat,” says PETA Director of Outreach Ashley Byrne, who traveled to Egypt to volunteer as a lettuce lady (pictured above, left). “Double standards are on full display at COP27, and PETA is calling on the UN to go vegan or go home.”
By some estimates, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems combined. The meat, egg, and dairy industries also use an enormous amount of water—it takes more than 2,400 gallons to produce just 1 pound of beef—while polluting waterways with manure runoff, and more than 90% of all Amazon rainforest land cleared since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, exacerbating the climate catastrophe. In addition to helping save the planet, each individual who goes vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year from daily misery inside a dark shed or on a squalid feedlot and a terrifying death under the slaughterhouse knife.
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.