MP Rachael Maskell Goes Vegan for PETA Earth Day Campaign

 

MP Rachael Maskell Goes Vegan for PETA Earth Day Campaign

York – To mark Earth Day today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) teamed up with Labour MP and vegan Kerry McCarthy as well as a dozen other members of Parliament from across party lines – including Rachael Maskell, Labour and Co-operative MP for York Central – all of whom pledged to ditch meat, dairy, and other animal-derived foods for the day.

“Research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that a global switch to vegan eating would result in the largest reduction in emissions of any dietary shift,” says Maskell. “According to the analysis, it would prevent almost 8 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2050. I’m doing my part to reach this goal by going vegan this Earth Day.”

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of ocean dead zones, species extinction, and habitat destruction – and, by some estimates, it creates more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems combined. A study in the journal Nature found that greenhouse-gas emissions from animal agriculture would reduce by half if the world turned to a mainly plant-based diet. Every person who goes vegan can lower their carbon footprint by up to 73% and save nearly 200 animals per year.

“These lawmakers didn’t hesitate to step up and show people that we can spare animals’ lives, save water, and slash greenhouse-gas emissions simply by going vegan,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA encourages everyone to follow their lead and be a vegan force of nature against climate change on Earth Day and every day.”

The other participating MPs are Henry Smith, Tracey Crouch, Lisa Cameron, Luke Pollard, Sarah Champion, Helen Hayes, Emma Lewell-Buck, Tommy Sheppard, Caroline Lucas, Caroline Dinenage, and Matthew Pennycook. PETA is sending each of them a vegan snack basket – provided by The Vegan Kind online supermarket – a #VeganForEarthDay selfie sign, a vegan starter kit, and a PETA pin.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

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Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]

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