New Mortuary for Super-Sized Corpses Prompts PETA Billboard Slamming Meat
For Immediate Release:
April 2, 2012
Ben Williamson 020 7357 9229, ext 229; BenW@peta.org.uk
Gloucester - Following the opening of Britain's first mortuary to accommodate the bodies of people who weigh up to 50 stone, PETA has erected a billboard depicting a meat pie in the shape of a coffin and which reads, "Not Ready to Meat Your Maker? Fight Obesity: Go Vegan". PETA's point? That in addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating animal products has been conclusively linked to obesity and that the only healthy weight-loss plan which has been scientifically proved to take weight off and keep it off for more than a year is a vegan diet.
"PETA's new billboard highlights how meat pies and pasties have been linked to obesity and other ailments", says PETA's Yvonne Taylor. "The best thing that coffin dodgers can do for their health and to help animals is to go vegan."
A quarter of all adults and about one in six children in the UK are already obese. And a recent study predicted that eight out of 10 men, seven out of 10 women and almost one in three children will be obese by 2020.
Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vegetarians and vegans are far less likely to be overweight than meat-eaters are and far more likely to be in better overall health. The British Medical Association has shown that vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders and gallstones and that by changing to a vegetarian diet, meat-eaters can actually lower their cholesterol levels. Also, after recommendations by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, the Department of Health recently advised Britons to eat less meat in order to cut their risk of cancer.