The industrial livestock industry harms everyone by causing enormous environmental destruction (global warming, water depletion, water pollution, biodiveristy loss, soil erosion, etc.), human disease (high rates of cancer and heart disease and obesity among people who eat animal products, and increasing risk of pandemic diseases), and not least, horrendous violence against innocent, sentient beings, whose suffering and pain are completely unnecessary, since humans are quite capable of being healthy without the use of animal products.
Slaughterhouses also produce toxic emissions. Now Magazine (April 20-27, 2006 | VOL 25 NO 34) in its report called “Toxic Toronto” listed Quality Meat Packers at 2 Tecumseth in Trinity Spadina as a major polluter of chemical pollutants into our air, land and water each year. According to the National Pollutant Release Inventory, QMP released 2.1 tons of ammonia into the air in 2009 and 0.6 tons of particulate matter (<= 10 Microns) and significant amounts historically as well. The health effects of absorption of fine particulates include bacterial infections and respiratory symptoms, aggravated asthma and cancer, with risks highest for the elderly and children.
Be Green, Stop Global Climate Change. Go Veg.
A 2006 UN report found that the meat and dairy industries are responsible for about 1/5 of global greenhouse gas emissions. Going Vegan is one of the most effective things you can do to fight climate change.
Meat consumption = Death of the planet, “Veganism is the Future.”
Kerry McCarthy, UK Member of Parliament, says in the film Making the Connection (Environment Films, 2010) that a vegan diet uses 1/3 of the land and 1/3 of the water compared to a meat-based diet. Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan in London, says in the film that “as high as 18% of greenhouse emissions globally is caused by the meat and dairy sector.”
PETA has a campaign linking climate change and diet. According to their website:
Global warming has been called humankind’s “greatest challenge” and the world’s most grave environmental threat. Many conscientious people are trying to help reduce global warming by driving more fuel-efficient cars and using energy-saving light bulbs. Although this helps, science shows that going vegan is one of the most effective ways to fight global warming.