A record number of Malaysians – 10,755 – have pledged to go meatless tomorrow (25 November) to mark International Meatless Day – Animal Rights Day. There is still time for more pledges to reach the organisers; so let’s give it a last-minute push.
This is the highest figure achieved by Malaysians so far, surpassing last year’s 8,563 pledges, since the campaign began in the country in 1996. Last year 84.2 million people all over the world pledged to go meatless.
With the deteriorating environment, this campaign is all the more important as livestock farming is a major contributor (18 per cent) of global emissions.
The campaign thus far has created new awareness about the need for us to change their dietary habits and to do our bit to protect the global ecology.
The International Meatless – Animal Rights Day campaign was conceived in India in 1986 by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission – a social service organisation dedicated to serving humanity, especially the poor and downtrodden.
The mission has declared 25 November as an international meatless day in memory of its founder, Sadhu T L Vaswani – philosopher, spiritual leader and educationist who practised and preached the message of non-violence for all beings.
There’s still time if you wish to pledge to go meatless:
- email your pledge to [email protected]
- fax it to 04-2610126
- or sms it to 016-452613