'Cow' protest to meet Al Gore

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2010 12:11 PM | Updated as of Jun 08 2010 08:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former US Vice President Al Gore will be met by a "gassy cow" in Manila today as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) gets ready for a protest action in front of the venue for Gore's talk on climate change.

PETA will field the "gassy cow" with signs that read "You can't be a meat-eating environmentalist" and "An Inconvenient Toot: Cow gas is killing the planet."

The group wants to call attention to the fact that animals raised for food emit greenhouse gasses themselves by burping and farting, thus contributing to climate change.

It also hopes Gore will consider going vegetarian.

"It's hard to speak about the dire consequences of climate change with a steak stuffed in your mouth," said PETA director Jason Baker. "Energy-efficient cars and lightbulbs are important, but if Al Gore really wants to take a bite out of greenhouse-gas emissions, he'll stop taking bites out of cows and other animals and go vegetarian."

PETA pointed out that raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane (during digestion and from feces) and nitrous oxide emissions.

Methane is said to be 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, is 300 times more potent.

The group said researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from a meat-based diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.

The protest action will happen in front of the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City this afternoon.

PETA also positioned the "gassy cow" outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport this morning as Gore's convoy passed by after arrival in Manila.