Before Gandhi Jayanti, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the Vegetarian Leader to do the 2nd. In the letter, PETA India states that for Gandhi it is “a matter of moral principle” to be a vegetarian.
PETA India’s letter to Modi can be viewed here.
“Encouraging the people of our nation to follow Gandhi’s moral example would protect intelligent, sensitive animals from being locked up in dirt, separated from their babies, and cruelly executed for their parts,” writes PETA India CEO Dr. Manilal Valliyate. “Beginning a tradition that promotes peaceful vegetarian eating is a permanent way to appreciate Gandhi’s immeasurable influence.”
PETA India states in its letter that cutting off meat also reduces the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity; helps combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and even helps prevent future pandemics. Experts largely believe that COVID-19 originated or spread from a live animal meat market, and SARS, swine flu, and avian flu have also been linked to containment and killing of animals for food.
“Leaving animals off our plates shows awe of other species, the planet and our own bodies,” says Dr. Kiran Ahuja, specialist in vegan food and nutrition from PETA India. “PETA India encourages everyone to celebrate the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi daily by simply eating healthy and delicious plant-based foods.”