A newly released report by the United Nations International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management confirms what PETA and vegans have been saying for a long time: that the production and consumption of meat, fish, and other animal-derived products wreaks havoc on the environment—not to mention the world’s available food supply.
The 112-page report, titled “Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production,” details how the industrial farming of animals—including fish—is among the leading contributors to greenhouse-gas emissions and other forms of high-level environmental destruction.
The following are just a few of the panel’s findings:
One of the report’s conclusions is nothing short of a worldwide wakeup call: “A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”
The evidence couldn’t be clearer: If you care about animals, your health, or the planet that sustains all of us, your best bet is to go vegan.
This guest post was written by Joe Taksel. Joe has been vegan and active in animal rights for 20 years with a brief “hiatus” in cat rescue. He has been a media writer for PETA since 2001, and his mother went vegetarian at age 78.
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