Trio of Naked ‘Mother Earths’ to Deliver Earth Day Message: Go Vegan!

Bodypainted PETA Members Will Point Out That Eating Vegan Meals Is the Most Effective Way to Save Our Planet

For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Covered only with bodypaint depicting the Earth’s oceans and continents, a trio of nearly naked women will turn heads on a busy Santa Barbara street on Friday, Earth Day. The PETA members will give curious passersby more than an eyeful—they’ll also distribute free vegan starter kits and tell people how we can all do our part for the environment simply by choosing healthy, humane vegan meals.

Where:           The intersection of State and De La Guerra streets, Santa Barbara

When:             Friday, April 22, 12 p.m. sharp

“The meat and dairy industries are draining our water supply, wrecking forests, and warming the global climate,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “There’s no better time than Earth Day to stick a fork in climate change, and PETA is calling on people everywhere to pitch in by going vegan.”

According to the United Nations, raising animals for food is a top contributor to “the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” It takes an amount of water equivalent to six months’ worth of showers to produce just 1 pound of meat, and animal agriculture is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. And, of course, the meat industry is responsible for the daily suffering and terrifying deaths of billions of animals every year. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—encourages anyone who’s concerned about the environment to go vegan.

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