Showering on the Sidewalk? It’s an ‘Earth Day’ Protest

PETA Will Expose Meat and Dairy Industries as Nation's Biggest Water Wasters

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2019

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Boise, Idaho – Making a bold statement with her nearly nude body covered only by a banner reading, “1 lb. of Beef Equals 180 Showers,” a PETA supporter will shower on a sidewalk on Thursday in honor of Earth Day.

When:    Thursday, April 18, 12 noon

Where:    The intersection of N. Eighth and W. Idaho streets, Boise

“This Earth Day, PETA will alert passersby that the meat and dairy industries are guzzling up our water supply and spewing out contaminants,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Going vegan is the best way to reduce animal suffering, conserve water, and stop polluting the Earth.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist viewpoint. The group notes that growing water-intensive crops simply to feed animals raised for food consumes more than half the water used in the U.S. Runoff from animal agriculture is also one of the leading causes of river and lake pollution—and it can contaminate groundwater with viruses and bacteria.

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