Humane Society promoting meatless Monday for sustainability

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has reaffirmed the devastating impacts of raising tens of billions of animals for food, according to its report, “Tackling Climate Change Through Livestock.”

Humane Society International, one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations, is again calling for increased attention to animal welfare and ecological sustainability in agriculture and a worldwide reduction in meat consumption.

The alternative would mean dire consequences for the planet and its inhabitants, it said.

Humane Society International promotes raising animals humanely and had worked successfully against caged chickens and penned pigs with local retail outlets..

Said the organization:

More than 70 billion animals are raised for human consumption each year, not including aquaculture. In its seminal 2006 report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow,” the Food and Agriculture Organization concluded that the livestock sector was one of the top two or three major contributors to environmental degradation. Seven years later, this is still the case, with animal agriculture alone representing 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the follow-up report. The updated report recognizes that animal welfare safeguards should be included when pursuing emissions reductions programs in the farm animal sector.

“Changes must be made in the way we raise animals for food, Costa Rica included,” said Geoff Orme-Evans, Humane Society International farm animals’ public policy manager. “We must reduce the numbers of animals raised for food on industrial farm production facilities and find humane solutions to environmental problems.”

Humane Society International said it advocates compassionate eating, choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. Humane Society International said it supports sustainable farmers in their efforts to reach discriminating consumers with more humanely raised food options.

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