Will COP26 President Stop Showering After PETA Plea?

Will COP26 President Stop Showering After PETA Plea?

Glasgow – Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, PETA has made an unusual request of the event’s president, Alok Sharma: skip showering from now until the conference to help offset the environmental damage caused by the summit’s non-vegan menu. Or, simply serve vegan meals.

In the letter, PETA notes that vegan catering would save far more water than the missed showers, as animal agriculture wastes a full third of the world’s freshwater. It takes 15,415 litres of water to produce just one kilogram of beef, and that metric doesn’t even account for all the greenhouse gases that animal agriculture generates.

“Given that the meat and dairy industries are a leading cause of the climate crisis that COP26 is seeking to address, removing these items from the catering menu seems like a no-brainer,” writes PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. By going vegan, delegates would “all get to dine on delicious, Earth- and animal-friendly food and go ahead and have your shower, too”.

In addition to the environmental benefits, each person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals every year the misery of the squalid, crowded conditions on farms and a terrifying death at the abattoir.

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 on its website. The letter to Sharma is available here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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