Malcolm Turnbull should go vegan: PETA

PRIME Minister Turnbull has confirmed he will stick with the "direct action" climate policy and the emission targets of the previous Cabinet, despite previously characterising it as "an environmental fig leaf to cover a determination to do nothing".

But there is a more powerful "direct action" that Mr Turnbull can take to set an example to Australians and to the rest of the world: going vegan.

A United Nations' report has concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change. And the UN is not alone in its analysis.

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According to the Worldwatch Institute, at least 51% of global greenhouse/gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.

Mr Turnbull should emulate his predecessor's interest in staying healthy, and going vegan will help him with that too - unlike meat, milk and eggs, plant-based foods are cholesterol-free, generally low in saturated fat, and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

They're known to help prevent - and in some cases even reverse - heart disease, diabetes and cancer. And if Australians were to follow Mr Turnbull's example and eat healthy vegan foods, it would help save millions of animals. Now that's direct action.

Jason Baker

Director of Campaigns

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia

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