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PETA to polar cruise line: Carnivore offsets?

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On April - 3 - 2008

MV Explorer’s final hours (Photo by Chilean Air Force via AP) Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Chuck Cross, owner of Polar Cruises–a Bend-based business specializing in trips to Antarctica–urging him to institute a vegetarian-only buffet policy on the company’s ships to help offset the cruise line’s impact on the environment, which will doom the company and Antarctica’s ice caps. PETA’s letter comes on the heels of a report by National Public Radio (NPR) about an increase in the number of people interested in traveling to Antarctica before it disappears because of global warming. PETA’s letter points out that adopting a vegetarian diet–which recent studies prove is the best way for people to lessen their ecological footprint–is also the best way to help protect business interests that depend on the survival of such fragile ecosystems.

“The biggest cause of global warming–the meat industry–is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, ships, and planes in the world combined,” says PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt. “The meat industry is killing the planet and melting away Polar Cruises’ meal ticket–a great reason for the company to adopt a vegetarian policy.”

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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