Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stop Meat Industry Pollution - ForceChange

Stop Meat Industry Pollution


Goal: Reduce pollution from massive livestock operations to save animals and the environment

The raising and harvesting of meat, as unethical as it may be, is
also part of several detrimental issues facing the world today: loss of
wildlife, climate change, and the pollution of water are all concerns
which have received widespread attention. Massive livestock operations
are contributing to each of these problems in significant ways. We must
petition to reduce the huge numbers of livestock at these facilities,
and create safeguards to reduce their impact.

Between 1980 and 2010, meat production tripled, and is set to double
again by 2020. The earth and its wildlife are already feeling the
burden, but with the impending population boom set to raise the world’s
human count to 10 billion by 2050, the blow to the wildlife populations
and the environment will be even more catastrophic than it is now.

The problems created by such immense quantities of livestock include these:

- Wildlife: wild animals are killed for preying on livestock and are
decimated to enable the expansion of agricultural lands, creating
unstable ecosystems and extinction of local wildlife populations.

- Environment: livestock are responsible for 14.5% of global
greenhouse gas emissions – more than every form of transport combined.
In the U.S. around 5.5 million metric tons of methane, a greenhouse gas
25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide, comes from meat production

- Water: almost 50% of water use in America is directed towards
raising livestock. Animal agriculture has taken over almost half of the
landmass of the lower 48 states, and has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers
in 22 states, and groundwater in 17 states.

These monumental impacts on wild animals and the environment will
only become worse as more livestock is required to feed the burgeoning
human population. Sign this petition to stop the horrific damage from
meat production.

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