VEGAN FRIENDLY DOUGLAS HOW ABOUT IT?
Dear Ms Leu,
Congratulations on joining the Cities Power Partnership! We at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) know that Douglas Shire is committed to
mitigating climate change, so we have a suggestion that would boost your environmental credentials and help pave the way to a greener future: mandate that all council meetings, functions, and other events serve only vegan food.
As you likely know, animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change and environmental degradation in Australia and around the world. More than 50 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse-gas emissions come from livestock. Going vegan can more than halve a person’s dietary greenhouse-gas emissions.
As you know, there’s a lot at steak. Climate change caused by greenhousegas emissions is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, which is not only a natural wonder but also integral to Douglas Shire’s tourism industry. Last year, the reef experienced its worst bleaching event on record. The pristine reefs in the north – including Port Douglas – were the most adversely affected, with a mortality rate of twothirds of the coral in the region.
Not only would this strategy immediately reduce the council’s emissions, it would also do so without any cost to ratepayers.
May we hear from you that you’re committed to making this small but powerful change?
Very truly yours,
Ashley Fruno, Associate Director of Campaigns, PETA.