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Meat-eating men should be banned from having sex, animal rights group says

By Hilary Kimuyu September 22nd, 2022 2 min read

Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has demanded men who eat meat should be banned from having sex.

The animal rights group claimed that men who enjoy eating beef, pork and poultry, symbolize “toxic masculinity”, which is killing the planet.

Peta’s German operation cited research from the scientific journal PLOS One which showed that men caused 41 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than women, largely because they consumed more meat.

Peta demanded a “sex ban for all meat-eating men” and called on women to “go on sex strike to save the world.” It also said every baby that is not born would save the equivalent of 58.6 tonnes of CO2 annually as it promoted the idea of a non-vegetarian man sex ban.

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“We all know them, the suburban fathers with beer bottles and barbecue tongs, sizzling Sh90 (70c) sausages on their Sh80,000 (€700) grill. The courgette added by the visitor is eyed with suspicion and only reluctantly tolerated,” Daniel Cox, campaigns team leader for Peta Germany, was quoted by local media.

“The fact that Germany’s ‘grill masters’ believe they have to prove their masculinity to themselves and their fellow species through their consumption of meat is not only to the detriment of the animals, however. Now there is scientific proof that toxic masculinity also harms the climate. Therefore, a hefty meat tax of 41 per cent for men would be appropriate. A ban on sex or procreation for all meat-eating men would also be purposeful in this context.”

The organisation referred to comments by Sandrine Rousseau, a prominent French Green MP, who ignited controversy in France last month by branding the outdoor grill as a ritual that reeks of virility, male meat-eating compulsion and power over women.

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She said animals are dying “cruelly” for burgers and that the Amazon is being bulldozed to make room for cows who are later slaughtered.

“We don’t really care about your sex life… what we do care about is the planet and the animals we share it with,” she added.

Unlike in Europe, in Kenya, nyama choma is popularly known as a male-bonding food, which is consumed away from spouses and girlfriends, who considered the bloodied chunks nothing more than a source of intestinal worms, greed and wastage of money.

Often, the meat is washed down by beer. The resulting potbellies not only have rankled women but are also the subject of many a female magazine lampooning men’s bedroom failures.

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