For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2021
Tapi Mbundure 202-483-7382
Lodi Township, Mich. – The smelly 250-foot barrier of cow manure built by a local farmer during a property dispute has prompted PETA to place a billboard pointing out that what really stinks is harming the environment, our own health, and animals by turning them into food.
“Left alone, animals are clean, but step inside any enterprise where animals are confined in their own waste and you’ll need a gas mask or a clothespin on your nose,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA’s billboard encourages everyone to adopt a clean conscience by going vegan.”
Cows in the meat industry are often confined to cramped, filthy feedlots without protection from the elements, while cows used for dairy are artificially inseminated—workers insert an arm into the animals’ rectum and a metal rod into their vagina—and sent to slaughter when their bodies give out. At the slaughterhouse, workers shoot cows in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hang them up by one leg, and cut their throat—often while they’re still conscious.
Each person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals a year and uses less water, combats deforestation, and shrinks their carbon footprint, as raising animals for food is a major producer of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. According to the United Nations, a global shift toward vegan eating is vital if we are to combat the worst effects of climate change.
People who go vegan also reduce their risk of suffering from heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes and help prevent future epidemics and pandemics. SARS, swine flu, bird flu, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food.
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.