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April 20, 2019 - GruntVegan

Animal rights group call for North Sea oil rigs to go vegan ahead of Earth Day

Animal rights group call for North Sea oil rigs to go vegan ahead of Earth Day

With Earth Day (April 22) as their inspiration, PETA wrote Royal Dutch Shell encouraging them to "serve vegan meals on all its offshore oil rigs in the North Sea".

“Animal agriculture is right on the heels of burning fossil fuels when it comes to contributing to climate change,” says PETA Director of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi.

“This Earth Day, PETA is calling on Shell to improve workers’ health, save animals’ lives, and slow down the destruction of the planet by switching to vegan meals on all of its offshore rigs.” Rig workers often live for months at a time at sea.

The letter sent to Shell's CEO Ben van Beurden from Dr Carys Bennett, who is the vegan corporate projects liaison for PETA goes on to note that research by scientists at the University of Oxford shows that "all animal-derived foods – including cows’ milk and chickens’ flesh and eggs – have a higher carbon footprint than their plant-based equivalents."

It read: “Offering vibrant vegan foods would likely benefit the health of your staff while also improving the health of the planet, reported the Evening Express.

“And in addition to offsetting some of your gigantic carbon footprint, providing vegan meals would help workers eat with a clear conscience, knowing that their food is gentle on the planet and the animals we share it with.”

A union boss, John Boland, responded to say that he did not understand what PETA was trying to achieve. He stated further that their "members work in a very physically demanding environment and in that environment they need meals that will give them the energy for the work they have to do.

“These need to be based on healthy meals that include a range of proteins like meats, eggs and chicken.”

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