“It seems like the vegan lifestyle is the solution to so many of our problems.” ~ Jon Stuart, interviewing Gene Bauer, author of “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life”
The facts raise the question: Are humans sentient, or just operating on indoctrinated auto pilot?
People are increasingly aware that farm animals — cows, pigs, sheep, turkeys, and chickens — are all just like their family cat and dog. They are individuals who crave and respond to affection and fear harm, as we do.
Science has belatedly caught up with what animal lovers have known for a long time. The July 7, 2012, Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness declares that “non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses also possess these neurological substrates (that generate consciousness).” In plain English, this means that all animals and birds evolved in parallel consciousness to humans and feel the same pain, suffering, and happiness as humans. We are all beings gifted with life.
Jon Stewart is moved by the plight of farm animals. In he prepared to retire from his show, he and his wife purchased a farm to rescue abused farm animals.
Humans are easily indoctrinated and extremely habitual. That is why the billions spent on the “beef, it’s what’s for dinner,” “pork, the other white meat” and “finger-lickin’ good” advertisements are so deadly effective. The addiction to carcasses is really an unnatural aberration promoted by the industrial agriculture conglomerates. It is extremely unhealthy for humans, farm animals, wildlife and is threatening the survival of life on earth.
This is stunning: “10,000 years ago 99 percent of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals; today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98 percent of the zoomass.”
• 70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.
• Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
• Livestock is responsible for 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide — a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
• Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.
• 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
• 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1 pound of cheese.
• 1,000 gallons/liters of water are required to produce 1 gallon/liter of milk.
• 1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver.
• Livestock covers 45 percent of the earth’s total land. Nearly half of the contiguous U.S. is devoted to animal agriculture.
• Livestock operations on land have created more than 500 nitrogen-flooded dead zones around the world in our oceans.
• A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
• 90 million tons of fish — as many as 2.7 trillion animals — are pulled from the ocean each year. (As much as 40 percent is discarded as by-catch.)
• Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels.
• 40-50 million sharks are killed in fishing lines and nets.
• We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
• Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91 percent of Amazon destruction.
• Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
• 82 percent of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by Western countries.
• 15 time more protein can be derived from any given area of land with plants, rather than animals.
• A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50 percent less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th the amount of oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to a meat-lover for their food.
The Cowspiracy fact sheet references the 2004 Global Species Assessment as the most recent empirical data on global extinction rates covering just 38,047 species.
Simon Stuart, Ph.D., chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission, gives this assessment of meat-eating as of 2012:
“Habitat loss from grazing livestock and feed crops is far and away the most pervasive threat to terrestrial animal species, impacting 86 percent of all mammals, 88 percent of amphibians, and 86 percent of all birds. One in every eight birds, one in every three amphibians, and one in every four mammals is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. Overexploitation of wild animals for consumption remains a second major factor for extinction, such as can be seen in bushmeat trade in Africa and Southeast Asia and all hunting endeavors on land, globally.”
Repeat that: “All hunting endeavors on land, globally (as the second major factor of extinction).”
The Alliance for Global Conservation estimates 36 percent of all species on our planet are in danger of extinction.
With 99 percent of wildlife biomass on earth now reduced to 2 percent, it is clearly insanely inappropriate for state agencies to be promoting and recruiting more recreational killing, as Wisconsin’s DNR is doing. All trapping and hunting of wildlife in any civilized country should be eliminated immediately.
Welcome to Mad City Vegan Fest at the Goodman Center June 27, where you can explore life-saving alternatives.
The House and Senate have added policy to strip protections from Great Lakes wolves and gut the Endangered Species Act, throwing the few wolves we have left back to the brutality of the Wisconsin DNR. Please act now and contact your federal representatives by phone and here.
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