Giant ‘Celery’ ‘Stalks’ Michael and Danny Healy-Rae with Message: ‘Bite Me, Climate Change is Real!’

For Immediate Release:

8 February 2020


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PETA Reminds Politicians That Meat And Dairy Are Damaging the Planet

County Kerry — As Danny and Michael Healy-Rae cast their ballots in Kilgarven today, PETA’s “celery” was nearby stalking the politicians, brandishing a sign stressing that climate change is real, it’s an emergency, and we can all fight it by going vegan.

The Healy-Rae brothers have received widespread criticism for their stance on climate change. The UN has stated that farming animals for food is one of the most significant contributors to today’s most devastating environment problems, and so, PETA is calling on the politicians not only to take note of the environmental crisis but also to take action to combat animal agriculture’s massive contribution to the climate crisis.

“The meat industry kills animals while destroying our planet,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “As we face historic droughts, floods, and wildfires around the world, PETA is calling on politicians and the public to stop ignoring animal agriculture’s connection to catastrophic climate change and go vegan before it’s too late.”

A recent analysis of the food industry’s impact on the environment concluded that to reduce the disastrous effects climate change, a massive reduction in meat-eating is essential, including cutting beef consumption by 90% and animal milk consumption by 60% in Western countries. More than 80% of the Amazon rainforest that‘s been cleared since 1970 is used for meat production, which is a major contributor to pollution, land degradation, water shortages, and habitat destruction. A global shift to vegan eating is required to combat the worst effects of climate change, as animal agriculture alone is responsible for nearly one-fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that going vegan also spares animals daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries, in which females are repeatedly forcibly impregnated and babies are torn away from their mothers, mutilated, and kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a stressful and terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are killed while still conscious.

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