PETA Urges Bahamas Commission to Fight Global Warming by Encouraging Residents to Go Vegetarian

For Immediate Release: May 13, 2008

Contact: Lindsay Rajt 757-622-7382

Bahamas - Yesterday, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent an urgent letter to Philip S. Weech – director of the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission – urging him to combat global warming by encouraging the nation’s residents to adopt a vegetarian diet. PETA points out that meat production is recognised as the leading cause of the greenhouse-gas emissions that are blamed for global warming.

The letter was sent after the commission acknowledged that further global warming would have dire consequences for the Bahamas – including violent storms and storm surges, rising sea levels, accelerated erosion and land degradation. PETA points out that although encouraging people to be more energy-efficient in their daily lives is certainly helpful in the battle against greenhouse-gas emissions, the best way for people to lessen their environmental “footprint” is to go vegetarian. A recent United Nations scientific report determined that raising animals for food generates about 40 per cent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, SUVs, trucks and airplanes in the world combined.

PETA also offers Weech helpful tips for getting the ball rolling, such as serving exclusively vegetarian fare at all state functions and making vegetarian options available in all public schools.

“We’re encouraging Bahamians to combat global warming by going vegetarian now, before the islands go the way of the lost island of Atlantis”, says PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich. “Because meat production is the main greenhouse-gas culprit, there’s no way to go green without skipping meat and dairy.”

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

PETA’s letter to Philip S Weech follows.

12 May 2008

Philip S. Weech, Director The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission

Dear Mr. Weech:

On behalf of PETA and our more than 1.8 million members and supporters, I’m writing to offer an idea to help your island nation as it confronts the threat of global warming and rising sea levels. The most effective action that anyone can take to combat climate change is to adopt a vegetarian diet. By initiating a campaign to promote a vegetarian diet in the Bahamas, you would be sending a message to people everywhere that making the switch to a plant-based diet is essential in halting climate change – and help prevent the Bahamas from becoming the next Atlantis in the process.

A 2006 United Nations report determined that raising animals for food generates almost 40 per cent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, ships and planes in the world combined. In its report, the UN found that the meat industry causes local and global environmental problems even beyond global warming. It concluded that the meat industry should be a main focus in every discussion of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortages and pollution, and loss of biodiversity. With this in mind, we recommend that the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission take the following actions to help combat global warming:

· Provide information to your citizens about the environmental benefits of vegetarianism on BEST’s website · Serve exclusively vegetarian fare at all state functions · Make vegetarian options available in all public schools

We hope that visitors and residents will be able to enjoy the Bahamas for many years to come. By implementing these recommendations and promoting vegetarianism, your nation will help lead the fight against global climate change.

Please contact me to discuss ideas about promoting a vegetarian diet in the Bahamas. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Rajt, Assistant Manager Vegan Campaigns

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