Vegan US senator Cory Booker said that the planet cannot sustain people eating meat “the same way America does” due to depleting resources.
Booker recently discussed the negative environmental impact of the mass production of beef, poultry, and seafood while clarifying that he does not have any plans on dictating what people can or cannot eat.
“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” says Booker.
“It’s just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does because we just don’t have enough land.”
In an interview with vegan magazine VegNews, Booker also shared that he is hoping to educate people about “viable alternatives, in some cases, that taste even better” than meat products — without forcing his lifestyle on anyone.
Despite clarifying that he is not pushing his vegan lifestyle to people, Senator Booker was still criticized by other meat-loving politicians.
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, tweeted: “Democrats are getting weirder and weirder – Cory Booker says ‘planet cannot simply sustain people eating meat.’ So Democrats can get the vegan vote and Republicans can get everyone who goes to McDonald’s, Wendy’s Burger King, Arby’s Chick-filet, Outback, Ruth’s, Chris, etc., etc.”
Liz Cheney, US representative for Wyoming, also added: “Hey @CoryBooker I support PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals. @BeefUSA #WyomingBeefCountry”
However, vegans were not amused with the politicians’ tweets, including PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, who replied to Cheney’s tweet: “PETA actually stands for the ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.'”
“There are lots of Republicans among our membership who will not be pleased that you are mocking a movement to stop outrageous cruelty in factory farms, transport trucks, and slaughterhouses for animals who feel every bit (if not more, apparently) as much as you do.”
Another vegan added: “It’s a very old, very sad jab, which shows as little respect for people as it did the animals. #Vegan people are plenty strong enough to put up with that crap.”
Senator Cory Booker is running for president in the 2020 elections. If elected, he will be the very first vegan president of the US.