'We Deliver!' Occupying Group's Plea for Snacks Prompts PETA Staff to Carry Environmental Message Urging Them to Get Out (of the Cattle Business)
For Immediate Release:
January 5, 2016
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Princeton, Ore. – The militant cattle ranchers currently occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have appealed for snacks, and PETA is answering the call tomorrow with a hand-delivered package of vegan jerky that contains more protein than beef. The PETA staffers, bearing signs reading, “The End (of Animal Agriculture) Is Nigh: Get Out Now!” are suggesting that militia members learn to raise crops, not cows—allowing the many species of wild animals the refuge was designed to protect to thrive.
“People from all walks of life are increasingly appalled at the idea of slaughtering animals and realize, too, the harmful impact that animal agriculture has on the environment, so it’s time to face facts,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These ranchers may have a beef with the feds, but their water use and the cattle’s production of methane mean that the world needs them to get out of the beef business.”
As noted by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” the Worldwatch Institute estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions and the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.
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