PETA Sends World Water Day Plea to Thames Water: Go Vegan!

PETA Sends World Water Day Plea to Thames Water: Go Vegan!

Reading – As Thames Water, the UK’s largest water and waste services company, faces scrutiny over several raw sewage pollution incidents, PETA sent a letter this morning to the company’s CEO, Sarah Bentley, encouraging her to offset some of Thames Water’s environmental impact by going vegan for World Water Day (22 March) and encouraging her staff to do the same.

“The meat and dairy industries are guzzling up our water supplies while spewing out contaminants that pollute our rivers and lakes,” says PETA Senior Corporate Liaison Dr Carys Bennet. “While Thames Water can’t bring back the hundreds of fish killed by its sewage leaks, PETA is eager to help staff save animals and our water supplies by choosing delicious vegan meals, whether at home or in any open office canteens.”

Every person who goes vegan spares animals daily misery in squalid, crowded conditions and a terrifying death at the abattoir. What’s more, since it takes 15,415 litres of water to produce just 1 kilogram of beef, if Thames Water’s 9,000 employees went vegan for the day, this would save over 12 million litres of water – enough to fill five Olympic-size swimming pools. It would also cut back on pollution: the United Nations has called animal agriculture “probably the largest sectoral source of water pollution”, contributing to human health issues, ocean “dead zones”, and increased antibiotic resistance.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – offers a free vegan starter kit filled with tips, recipes, and more on its website.

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