PETA Wants Hybrid Car Tax Credits for Vegetarians

A University of Chicago report shows that switching to a vegetarian diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius.

Published: 31-May-2007

Washington -- This morning, PETA founder and President Ingrid E. Newkirk dispatched letters to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging them to extend vegetarians the tax break currently given to hybrid car owners for purchasing a vehicle with low carbon emissions. Newkirk’s request comes in light of a University of Chicago report showing that switching to a vegetarian diet is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a Toyota Prius. Newkirk also cites a scientific report recently published by the United Nations that concluded that the meat industry generates more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined, including cars, trucks, planes and ships.

"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 Newkirk. "Anyone who buys a hybrid in order to cut down on their contribution to global warming and uses it to drive to the supermarket to buy chicken, steaks, and milk should face up to the fact that there’s no such thing as a meat-eating environmentalist."

For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site GoVeg.com.

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