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Posted on on August 30th, 2007
by Pincas Jawetz (

   Driving Us to Vegetarianism: Animal-rights groups say meat-eating worse for climate than driving.

   With which instrument do you cause more greenhouse-gas emissions: your car key or
your fork? It's a question asked in an advertising campaign by the Humane
Society, which, along with other big animal-rights groups, is striving to open
consumers' eyes to an oft-overlooked connection: the climatic impact of eating
   Bolstered by a recent United Nations report stating that the livestock business
spews more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation combined,
animal-rights groups say greens aren't stressing the point enough.
"Environmentalists are still pointing their fingers at Hummers and SUVs when they
should be pointing at the dinner plate," says a campaigner for PETA.
"You just cannot be a meat-eating environmentalist."
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