For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Hiroshima, Japan – Today, PETA supporters wearing face masks in the likeness of world leaders Joe Biden, Fumio Kishida, Olaf Scholz, Anthony Albanese, Emmanuel Macron, and Rishi Sunak descended on Motoujina-guchi Station in advance of the G7 summit, urging their real-life counterparts to implement policies for switching to vegan food systems and pointing out that raising animals for food causes immense suffering, produces billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and requires massive amounts of land, feed, energy, and water. Photos of the protest are available here.
“Animal agriculture is an existential threat to the planet and every species on it, and the only remedy is to go vegan,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges G7 attendees and other world leaders to help head off the climate catastrophe while they still can by promoting vegan living.”
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, meat, egg, and dairy production is a leading cause of pollution, ocean dead zones, habitat destruction from land use, and species extinction. It uses one-third of the world’s freshwater resources and, by some estimates, creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems combined. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that every person who goes vegan lowers their food-related carbon footprint by up to 73%, making it conceivably the single biggest way to reduce one’s negative impact on the planet. Every person who goes vegan also saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year.
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, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.