A ‘progressive business concept award’ has been bestowed on Forests and Environment Minister James PK Sangma by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India in recognition for his plans to help local farmers by encouraging vegan pineapple leather production.
Meghalaya is also planning to open a climate change museum and introduce climate change into school curricula, PETA India said in a press release today.
“Minister Sangma has rightly identified the climate crisis as ‘a defining challenge of our times’, and he’s already taking steps to address one of the biggest culprits: animal agriculture,” said PETA India senior campaigns coordinator Radhika Suryavanshi.?“PETA India looks forward to seeing Meghalaya create new opportunities for farmers while helping to save the planet and animals’ lives through a thriving pineapple leather industry.”
According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for nearly 20 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. Using the skins of animals for leather also results in pollution of waterways through the use of chemicals.
PETA India also opposes the animal leather industry for the suffering caused to the animals involved.