Will City Hall Go Vegan? PETA Calls On Mayor to Lead by Green Example

For Immediate Release:

26 September 2019


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


Sadiq Khan’s Goals for the City Must Include Ditching Meat, Eggs, and Dairy, Says Group

London – This morning, PETA sent a letter applauding London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his efforts to make London a more eco-friendly city and suggesting that he put his meals where his mouth is: if City Hall is, as the mayor has said, “doing all [it] can to tackle the global climate emergency”, then that must include serving only vegan food.

In the letter, PETA points out that the United Nations states that animal agriculture is responsible for nearly a fifth of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions – more than all forms of transportation combined. The amount of beef, lamb, and pork consumed in the UK needs to be reduced by an estimated 90% in order to meet Paris Agreement carbon-emission targets – and studies indicate that if everyone went vegan, worldwide food-related greenhouse-gas emissions could be reduced by as much as 70% by 2050.

“Since the meat industry is guzzling up our natural resources and spewing greenhouse gases, there can be no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Sadiq Khan can set an example for all Londoners by serving vegan food at City Hall and by going vegan himself, just as Greta Thunberg and Al Gore have done.”

PETA has also offered to provide City Hall staff with delicious veggie burgers if its café switches to an all-vegan menu. Going vegan doesn’t just help the planet: in addition to decreasing their carbon footprint and each sparing the lives of nearly 200 animals every year, those who go vegan reduce their risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and other health conditions.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information or to order a free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.uk.