Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past week, you’ve probably seen the hashtag #OregonUnderAttack or heard something about the group of armed people who are occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Princeton, Oregon. The group wants the federal government to turn the national forest over to local ranchers for commercial use, and it claims that it will stay there for years if its demands are not met.

The militant cattle ranchers have recently appealed for snacks, and PETA answered the call with a hand-delivered package of vegan jerky that contains more protein than beef. The PETA staffers, holding signs reading, “The End (of Animal Agriculture) Is Nigh: Get Out Now!” are suggesting that militia members learn to raise crops, not cows—allowing the many species of wild animals the refuge was designed to protect to thrive.

peta-holding-sign-at-militi“People from all walks of life are increasingly appalled by the idea of slaughtering animals and realize, too, the harmful impact that animal agriculture has on the environment, so it’s time to face facts,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “These ranchers may have a beef with the feds, but their water use and the cattle’s production of methane mean that the world needs them to get out of the beef business.”

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PETA delivered Primal Strips and Stonewall’s Jerquee to the militia. Both delicious jerky products can be purchased online or found in specialty grocery stores.

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The Worldwatch Institute estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions, and the University of Chicago determined that switching to a vegan diet is more effective in countering climate change than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.

Here's what happened when PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) answered the Oregon protesters' plea for snacks… http://on.msnbc.com/1OCiOPX

Posted by MSNBC on Thursday, January 7, 2016

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