Singapore -- After learning that Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has been ordered by his doctors to stop eating animal-derived products in the wake of his recent heart operation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia has dispatched copies of PETA's vegetarian starter kit (VSK) to the minister's office. The VSK features recipes, health advice and a variety of helpful tips to make the transition easier for him. PETA has asked Wan to make the VSK mandatory reading for all health officials and Singaporean citizens alike.

PETA also included a copy of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's book, The China Study, which is based on one for the most ambitious epidemiological studies ever undertaken and concludes that a shift away from an animal-based diet can reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

"By switching to a vegetarian diet, Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan is promoting healthy living, and we commend him for leading by example", says PETA Director Jason Baker. "Going vegetarian is the best thing Singaporeans can do for their own health, the Earth, and animals."

Kicking the meat habit can help keep Singaporeans out of the operating room. Roughly one-third of all deaths in Singapore are caused by heart attacks or strokes, and cholesterol -- the principal culprit in cardiovascular disease -- is only found in animal-derived products.

Going vegetarian is also the best way to help keep the Earth healthy. Researchers at the University of Chicago in the US concluded that switching from a meat-based diet to a vegan diet does more to fight against climate change than switching from a standard car to a hybrid. And, of course, adopting a vegetarian diet is also the easiest and most effective way to fight against the abuse of animals who are raised and killed for food.

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