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PETA India Advocates Warning Labels for Non-Veg Products

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PETA India Advocates Warning Labels for Non-Veg Products

The Indian arm of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is advocating for the national government to add warning labels to non-vegetarian products.

According to the French Tribune, PETA would like the packaging to feature labels that warn about the potentially adverse outcomes of consuming non-vegetarian products, similar to the labels found on cigarette packs. The group would like the government to introduce the labeling system as part of World Health Day.

In a letter addressed to the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the organization noted that diets heavy in non-vegetarian products are linked to early death.

"Meat, egg and dairy diets are linked to needless yearly deaths," Bhuvaneshwari Gupta, a staff nutritionist for PETA India, wrote in the letter. "A mountain of studies links the consumption of animal products to India's leading killers, including heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, stroke and obesity."

Daily News & Analysis India adds that research has found vegetarians are approximately 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease and are much less prone to being diagnosed with diabetes.