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PETA supporters and other animal activists were on the scene in Manhattan yesterday—some on stilts and in delightful doughnut costumes—to draw people’s attention to COP28, the Plant-Based Treaty’s initiative based on the “Doughnut Economic Theory, ” and to the upcoming news conference at the summit on Sunday.
Here’s a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk about the conference and the event’s purpose:
“COP28 is awash with meat and dairy industry representatives who are trying to advance the interests of the filthy factory farms that spew out methane.
“That’s why the Plant-Based Treaty’s lifesaving vegan message is a vital one that can save not only animals and our arteries but also the planet we all live on.
“PETA is delighted to use a delicious vegan doughnut giveaway to highlight a humane, healthy, and Earth-friendly way to eat.”
PETA’s list of all-vegan restaurants include six in NYC.
New York — Unmissable, stilt-walking PETA supporters dressed as sprinkled sweet treats visited the Big Apple on Friday to help climate activists hand out several thousand vegan doughnuts, along with information about economist Kate Raworth’s doughnut model of economics, an environmental action plan that asks everyone to stop eating animal-derived foods to not only save animals’ lives but also the planet.
The event took place on Friday, December 8, at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and W. 46th Street, New York
The action is in support of the Plant Based Treaty’s appeal to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate catastrophe—an initiative that treaty representatives will discuss during a news conference at COP28 in Dubai on Sunday.
COP28 is awash in meat and dairy industry representatives who realize that people are becoming aware of the impact of animal-based agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions.
“Animal-friendly foods mean a hole in one for our future, whereas meat and dairy are spelling disaster for the world, our arteries, and animals,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.
“A huge percentage of greenhouse gases, particularly methane, come from the meat and dairy industries, so every resident must take personal responsibility to dry up demand.”
The United Nations reports that a global shift toward vegan eating is vital in order to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.
Banner and all Images: PETA protest in Manhattan. Image Credit – PETA