One of the country’s top tourism destinations, Goa, has been recognised by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals as India’s “most vegan-friendly state” for the year 2020, an official statement said on Saturday. Peta India on Saturday, also felicitated Chief Minister Pramod Sawant “for providing an environment in which vegan-friendly establishments can thrive, making the world a better place for humans and other animals”. PETA India is recognising Goa for leading by example and showing other states how to meet the growing demand for vegan food and fashion in style,” PETA’s India vegan outreach co-ordinator Dr. Kiran Ahuja said. In 2019 PETA announced Hyderabad as Most Vegan-Friendly City Award for its top-notch vegan restaurants, dessert offerings, and community.
Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s meat, egg, and dairy industries. In the animal agriculture industry, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, fish suffocate on the decks of fishing boats, pigs are stabbed in the heart as they scream in pain, and calves are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth. At the slaughterhouse, animals are often killed in full view of others and dismembered while they’re still conscious.
Vegans are less prone to suffering from cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are – and they have a smaller carbon footprint, as raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of the greenhouse-gas emissions that have been linked to climate change.