A member of the Animal Welfare Board of India for three years has been elected member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Jayanagar district of Bangalore. Sowmya Reddy won by more than 2,800 votes and is currently the only woman to have been elected MLA.
A devoted environmental and human rights activist, Reddy is also vegan and a proud supporter of animal rights. Her 2015 wedding made headlines for being completely vegan and environmentally friendly. In an interview with The Times of India, caterer N Chandrashekar remarked:
We didn’t use milk, ghee or curd as they wanted to stick to a vegan cuisine. Instead we used coconut juice, soya bean milk, and soya bean yoghurt.
Reddy announced several initiatives she plans to work on, including promoting sustainable practices throughout the district, such as reducing plastic and restoring green cover. But she’s not just talking the talk; she’s walking the walk.
Going vegan is one of the best things you can do for the planet, according to multiple studies. In fact, raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits.
What’s more, according to a recent article in Forbes, more than 71 percent of Indians over age 15 eat meat, which has substantial environmental consequences.
There is no such thing as “sustainable” meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts. In fact, simply by avoiding animal products, you cut your carbon footprint in half. Keep in mind that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. But going vegan is not only better for the environment; it spares countless animals a lifetime of suffering.
So what are you waiting for? Join Sowmya Reddy and millions of others in protecting the environment and animals by adopting a vegan lifestyle. Get started here!