In celebration of India’s historic first south pole moon landing and in recognition of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for taking a stand against animal testing by opting to send a humanoid robot to space instead of animals for the Gaganyaan project, PETA India delivered the agency a rocket-shaped vegan cake inspired by the Chandrayaan-3 mission and made with chocolate truffle and blue buttercream that’s entirely vegan (vegetarian and free from eggs and dairy). The cake was made by vegan bakery Crave by Leena in Bengaluru.
The use of animals for eggs and dairy causes suffering on a massive scale. In the egg industry, chickens are kept in filthy cages so small they can’t spread a single wing and newborn male chicks are ground up, burned, or buried alive, along with other unwanted chicks, because they can’t lay eggs. Male calves in the dairy industry are commonly abandoned, left to starve, or killed because they can’t produce milk, and the beef industry is largely able to exist because the dairy sector supplies it with cattle to kill.
In addition, eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, while rearing and killing animals for food has been linked to a multitude of zoonotic diseases, including SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola, HIV, and likely COVID-19. A United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards vegan eating is necessary to combat the worst effects of the climate catastrophe.
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