Urge PBS to Promote Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

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Target: PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger

Goal: Promote the benefits of a vegetarian diet on PBS programs.

PBS claims a commitment to education, news, and public affairs.  Apparently health is a concern as they have taken to promoting health topics on popular children’s programs.  If this is so, then PBS should be presenting one of the most pressing issues of our time: the health and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet.

The vast majority of meat consumed in the U.S. is produced by factory farms that wreak havoc on the environment.  Factory farms introduce obscene amounts of pollution into the environment, produce food of the worst caliber, promote desertification, and subject animals to abhorrent living conditions.  Studies have shown that when 20% or more of a population’s diet consists of animal protein, its incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer skyrocket.  Most people who eat meat in the U.S., at this time, eat much more animal protein than is safe.

Even when meat is produced sustainably or is sourced through subsistence hunting, the ethics of these practices are still debatable, since it is not necessary for most people to kill animals in order to receive adequate nutrition.  Children love animals and this is an ideal time to introduce them to the ethical consequences of their dietary choices rather than de-sensitize them, as is currently the norm.  We teach our children to love animals and to respect them, then we tell them they need to eat the flesh of animals when it is not actually necessary.  If this is not hypocrisy, what is?

Join me today in urging PBS to promote health, sustainability, and compassionate ethics in children by promoting a vegetarian diet.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Kerger,

I am aware of your commitment to promoting education, health, news, and public affairs.  This is certainly a worthwhile goal to work toward.  I am writing today to ask you to lend the influence of your network in promoting a topic that is of utmost priority in preserving the health of your viewers and the environment that sustains them.  I am asking you to promote the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

The vast majority of meat consumed in the U.S. comes from factory farms, which have a devastating effect on the environment.  Factory farms introduce obscene amounts of pollution into the environment, produce food of the worst caliber, promote desertification, and subject animals to abhorrent living conditions.  Studies have shown that when 20% or more of population’s diet consists of animal protein, its incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer skyrocket.  Most people who eat meat in the U.S., at this time, eat much more animal protein than is safe.

The ethics of eating meat itself are the subject of much debate.  Even putting the issue aside, promoting a vegetarian diet is the most efficient way to promote a sufficiently expeditious shift toward sustainable environmental practices and toward a healthier diet.  Simply empowering people, en masse, to make the vital and intimate decision of what to put on the plates of themselves and their children a choice that is informed by the environmental and health impacts of that choice must inherently produce a necessary and significant change.

People have been deceived into complacency and apathy where their choices matter most.  You have the power to help restore some balance to a world that desperately needs it.  Please use your network to inform children and parents of the health and environmental benefits of choosing to go meat-free.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Mercy for Animals

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