Photos: ‘Chef’ Barbecues the Planet in PETA Earth Day Push

Photos: ‘Chef’ Barbecues the Planet in PETA Earth Day Push

London – Today, in honour of Earth Day (22 April), a PETA supporter dressed as a chef barbecued a model Earth, cooking “meat continents” to show how the consumption of animal flesh is destroying the planet. The demo urged everyone to go vegan for Earth Day and beyond, which would reduce their food-related carbon footprint by up to 73%.

More photos from the demo are available here.

“As the UK is experiencing an ‘undeniable warming trend’ and extreme weather events are growing increasingly common, it’s never been more important to go vegan,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA calls on everyone to take personal responsibility for the climate catastrophe and have a real impact by ditching meat, eggs, and dairy for the sake of animals and the health of the planet.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that agriculture, forestry, and the accompanying changes in land use account for as much as 25% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, and the body encourages the uptake of diets rich in plant-based foods to mitigate the climate catastrophe. Most scientists agree that vegan foods have a smaller carbon footprint than meat, eggs, and dairy products and that going vegan is the single biggest way for any individual to reduce their environmental impact on the planet.

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


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