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The 2028 Summer Olympics is being urged to go vegan in a bid to reach its sustainability targets. 

Vegan charity PETA has written a letter to Casey Wasserman, chair of the Los Angeles Olympic games.

It describes animal agriculture as the ‘leading cause of greenhouse-gas emissions, deforestation, and droughts’. Then, says off all these contribute to ‘catastrophic climate change’. 

Moreover, the letter says it supports Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch – who’s also urging the games to ditch animal products.

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Moreover, Ingrid Newkirk is the President of PETA. In an online statement, she said: “If the Olympics want to go for the gold in sustainability, they’ll go vegan.

“PETA is ready to help the 2028 Games slash their carbon footprint, support Los Angeles’ booming vegan dining scene, and protect athletes’ health, animals, and the Earth by dishing up delicious plant-powered meals.”

Dairy promotion

Last month, a slew of team USA athletes called on the Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to stop promoting dairy to the public and other Olympians.

Bausch wrote an open letter to USOPC, arguing the committee has ‘failed to take seriously the health concerns’ she raised last year.

“In October 2020, a total of nine Team USA athletes, including me, sent you a letter regarding unhealthy cow’s milk’s prominent role in the Team USA culture and advertisements,” the letter reads.

“That letter included National Institutes of Health lactose intolerance and malabsorption statistics. Those statistics highlight that up to 95 percent of Blacks, American Indians, Asians, and Hispanics/Latinx are disproportionately affected by lactose intolerance. This puts them at high risk for suffering from painful and debilitating symptoms. 

“That letter also included numerous scientific research studies about the deleterious effects of cow’s milk. Instead of considering the statistics and science that we presented, you quickly dismissed it as ‘opinion’. With all due respect, science is a fact, not an opinion.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.