PETA Offers Arsenal Mascot Gunnersaurus a Gig
Following reports that Arsenal FC has released Gunnersaurus, its mascot of 27 years, to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, PETA has sent a letter to the club’s manager offering to hire the “dinosaur” until football stadiums reopen.
We intend to use Gunnersaurus to help with our campaign to promote vegan food.
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— Anubhav (@RoutAnubhav) October 5, 2020
In the middle of a pandemic caused by eating animals, there’s no better time for people to ditch prehistoric meat-based diets in favour of an arsenal of healthy plants. Vegan eating is one of the easiest ways that anyone can be more green – and Gunnersaurus is the perfect mascot for a planet-friendly lifestyle.
Eating Meat Fuels the Climate Crisis
In the letter, PETA points out that eating vegan foods – rather than meaty meals – is one of the easiest and most effective actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
Animal agriculture is responsible for a greater proportion of greenhouse-gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined, according to the United Nations.
The UN also states that raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. The situation is so dire that the UN is calling for urgent and unprecedented changes now, including to our diet, to limit the catastrophic damage caused by climate change.
Researchers at the University of Oxford found that going vegan could reduce our carbon footprint from food by up to 73%, resulting in a significant drop in greenhouse-gas emissions.
The study’s lead author, Joseph Poore, states the following:
Scientists agree that all plant-based foods have a smaller carbon footprint than their animal-derived equivalents, so the easiest way to slow down climate change immediately is to go vegan.
What You Can Do for Animals and the Planet
We can decry the devastation wreaked by the climate crisis all day long, but as long as we have meat in our mouths, we might as well whistle into the wind.
Not eating meat, fish, eggs, or dairy is the most impactful way for each person to take direct action to protect our planet – and to reject the daily cruelty that occurs at abattoirs and on factory farms in the UK and elsewhere.
In case Gunnersaurus has already taken another role and isn’t available for this one, we urge all of you to become mascots for vegan living. For help getting started, order a free vegan starter kit full of tips and advice for every part of your journey.