PETA Facebook Logo It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Time to Go Vegan! PETA to Take to the Skies for Jazz Fest

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Time to Go Vegan! PETA to Take to the Skies for Jazz Fest

For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2023

Sara Groves 202-483-7382

Long Beach, Calif. – On Saturday, just in time for the 34th annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, PETA will point to animal agriculture as a leading cause of the climate catastrophe with a flying banner that reads, “Getting Hot? So Is the Planet. Go Vegan.” According to the United Nations, about a third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food production and the largest percentage of those emissions come from the meat and dairy industries.

“Raising and killing animals for food drives the climate catastrophe and causes tremendous suffering,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is asking everyone to help remedy the planetary crisis with eco-friendly vegan eating at the festival and beyond.”

PETA notes that growing water-intensive crops just to feed animals raised for food consumes more than half the water used in the U.S. and that up to 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is linked to meat production, either for grazing or for growing food for cattle. Vegan foods—such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, nuts, and lentils—require less energy, land, and water to produce, and a widespread shift to vegan eating would drastically reduce humans’ negative impact on the environment.

Every person who goes vegan spares nearly 200 animals each year daily suffering and terrifying deaths and reduces their own risk of developing heart disease and cancer. PETA’s free vegan starter kit can help those looking to make the switch.

PETA’s banner will take off around 12 noon and circle from Rainbow Lagoon Park to the east end of Long Beach for two hours. Nearby vegan restaurants include the award-winning Seabirds Kitchen, national chain Veggie Grill, The Grain Cafe, and Vegan Pizza LB.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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