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Tue Mar 06 2007 17:08:05 ET

The Most ?Inconvenient Truth?: According to U.N., Animals Raised for Food Generate More Greenhouse Gases Than All Cars and Trucks Combined

Norfolk, Va. ? This morning, PETA sent a letter to former vice president Al Gore explaining to him that the best way to fight global warming is to go vegetarian and offering to cook him faux ?fried chicken? as an introduction to meat-free meals. In its letter, PETA points out that Gore?s film, An Inconvenient Truth?which starkly outlines the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming and just won the Academy Award for ?Best Documentary??has failed to address the fact that the meat industry is the largest contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions.

In the letter, PETA points out the following:

� The effect that our meat addiction is having on the climate is truly staggering. In fact, in its recent report ?Livestock?s Long Shadow?Environmental Issues and Options,? the United Nations determined that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

� Researchers at the University of Chicago have determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius.

PETA also reminds Gore that his critics love to question whether he practices what he preaches and suggests that by going vegetarian, he could cut down on his contribution to global warming and silence his critics at the same time.

?The single best thing that any of us can do to for our health, for animals, and for the environment is to go vegetarian,? says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. ?The best and easiest way for Mr. Gore to show his critics that he?s truly committed to fighting global warming is to kick his meat habit immediately.?

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