Photos: Melting Ice Animals Blame Meat for the Heat

For Immediate Release:

7 August 2020


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]

Photos: Melting Ice Animals Blame Meat for the Heat

PETA Urges Everyone to Fight Climate Change With Diet Change

London – As record-breaking heatwaves have rocked the planet in recent years and 2020 is set to be hottest or second-hottest year on record, PETA placed a trio of giant ice sculptures – a pig, a cow, and a chicken – by London’s Marble Arch today, where they melted in the sweltering 36-degree heat in front of a banner that proclaimed, “Meat = Heat. Animal Agriculture Causes Climate Change. Go Vegan.”

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The action follows a new study from the Climate Impact Lab, published this week, which concludes that the death toll from extreme heat could nearly equal the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined by 2100 unless climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced.

“The meat industry spews more greenhouse gases into the air than all cars, lorries, ships, and planes combined,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is urging everyone to go vegan before we all succumb to the heat.”

Eating vegan foods – rather than meaty meals – is one of the easiest and most effective actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint. The United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions – and warns that a global shift to vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. In addition to sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals each per year, people who go vegan also help prevent future pandemics: COVID-19, SARS, swine flu, and bird flu have all been linked to confining and killing animals for food.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

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