On the occasion of World Environment Day which falls on June 5, several Members of Parliament (MPs) from various political parties will participate in an initiative by PETA India to go vegan, by forgoing meat, dairy and other animal-derived foods to create awareness among people to choose Earth-friendly foods.
Parliamentarians participating in the initiative are – Maneka Gandhi, MP from Pilibhit; Shafiqur Rahman Barq, MP from Sambhal; Bellana Chandra Sekhar, MP from Vizianagaram; Ajay Bhatt, MP from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar; Anuradha Chinta, MP from Amalapuram; Sunita Duggal, MP from Sirsa; Vijay Hansdak, MP from Rajmahal; and Kaushal Kishore, MP from Mohan Lalganj, according to a release by PETA.
“I am delighted to join PETA India’s green initiative by eating vegan foods on World Environment Day. Just by eating more plants over animal-derived foods, we can fight climate change and other environmental effects with simple diet change,” said Anuradha Chinta.
Meanwhile, Kaushal Kishore shared this video message, wherein he urged everyone to go vegan in this year’s World Environment Day.
— Kaushal Kishore (@mp_kaushal) June 1, 2021
“These lawmakers did not hesitate to step up and show people that we can save animals’ lives, reduce water use and slash greenhouse-gas emissions simply by choosing vegan foods,” said PETA India Vegan Outreach Coordinator Dr Kiran Ahuja.
In April, a dozen British MPs went vegan for Earth Day after hearing from PETA UK.
According to animal rights wing Animal agriculture, the industrialised breeding, rearing, use and slaughter of animals for human consumption is a leading cause of pollution, ocean dead zones, land use, habitat destruction and species extinction.
A study in the journal Nature found that greenhouse gas emissions from food systems would be reduced by half if the world turned to a mainly plant-based diet.
Researchers at the University of Oxford found that every person who goes vegan lowers their carbon footprint by up to 73 per cent and saves nearly 200 animals per year.