29 May 2020
PETA, the animal rights organisation, has urged the Royal Mail to create a special-edition stamp featuring a block of tofu along with the message 'Tofu Never Caused a Pandemic.'
In a letter to the postal service, the group points out that the light-hearted stamp could help convey a serious message about the dangers of farming and consuming animals.
PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner said:
"The majority of the world’s new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals – mainly via the wildlife trade and factory farming. We can help protect ourselves against future pandemics by switching to nutritious, delicious vegan foods like tofu!"
The letter to Royal Mail states:
Given that three in every four new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals – mainly via the wildlife trade and factory farming – it's clear that society must move away from using and consuming animals. A stamp encouraging people across the UK and beyond to try vegan foods would help achieve this goal.
Read the full letter here: www.peta.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PETA-stamp-request-letter.pdf
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – notes that the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a “wet market” in China, where live and dead animals are sold for food. Previous influenza viruses have originated in pigs and chickens, says the organisation, but never in versatile vegan foods like tofu.
PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Their website currently includes recipes including BBQ Tofu Wings and Crispy Sweet-and-Sour Tofu.
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