R O A R !
Reaching Out for Animal Rights !
The Most Effective Strategy to Sustaining the Planet ~ a Plant Based Vegan Diet and Lifestyle
I am sometimes asked "Why do you spend so much of your time talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?" I answer: "I am working at the roots."
~ George T.Angell (1823-1909)
Paul McCartney said “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you can do.” Maybe we need to change our social-economic system first or in conjunction with this, but Paul McCartney is basing his statement on a lot of compelling facts, that underscore the urgency of this need.
Extensive research demonstrates that consuming meat (including fishes and chickens) and animal products (dairy and eggs) is more destructive to our planet (and its ability to sustain life on it) than anything else.
For example, concerning global warming (or catastrophic climate change), a recent UN study entitled “Livestock’s Long Shadow” reported that the meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the transportation in the world combined. It said:
Extensive research demonstrates that consuming meat (including fish and chicken) and animal products (dairy and eggs) is more destructive to our planet (and its ability to sustain life on it) than anything else.
… the livestock sector … produces a much larger share of even more harmful [than CO2] greenhouse gases.
It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of CO2. Most of this comes from manure. And it accounts for respectively 37 per cent of all human-induced methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of ruminants, and 64 per cent of ammonia, which contributes significantly to acid rain.
In an independent study at the University of Chicago, researchers found that going vegan is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a more fuel efficient hybrid.
Waste from animals raised for food not only pollutes our air with these toxic emissions, but only our land and water. These animals produce 130 times more excrement than the entire human population of the U.S.! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the runoff from factory farms pollutes our rivers and lakes more than all other industrial sources combined.
This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. ~ Chief Seattle
The meat, dairy and egg industries use more water than all the other industries combined and uses approximately 1/3rd of all petroleum (over which wars are fought!). In addition, more than 260 million acres of US forest have been cleared for grazing and for growing grain to feed farmed animals and over 90 percent of all Amazon rain-forest land cleared since 1970 is used for meat production.
As you can deduce from the facts above, the ability of this planet to sustain life, is rapidly eroding. Many scientists see us at a tipping point, which could go either way. Some even think it is too late and that we’ve gone beyond the point of being able to stop and turn back the disasters rapidly snowballing towards us.
ROAR! believes that even where there is not even a shred of hope, we must try. Our actions are what can bring about a change in conditions and open the way for a brighter day. Pirke Avot says: "We are not required to complete the task of repairing the world; neither are we free to abstain from it.” And Mao Tse-Tung said: “Dare to struggle, dare to win.” Our planet and our lives are at stake as well as the lives of many generations to come.
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