Desmond Bellamy – PETA Australia
The news that the government has released its latest national greenhouse-gas inventory report on the eve of the football grand finals was met in the press with some cynicism. The report showed that our emissions had risen yet again, making it unlikely that we will be able to meet the Paris Agreement targets.
What’s most concerning isn’t the timing of the release but the devastating impact on agriculture, which it says represents 14 per cent of Australia’s emissions, and has risen to 73.7 million tonnes, an increase of 2.1 per cent over the same period the previous year. This figure doesn’t even take into account the contribution of animal agriculture to transport, electricity, processing, and waste emissions.
The United Nations has stated that there needs to be a global shift towards vegan eating to alleviate the worst impacts of climate change, and these numbers confirm it. It is the easiest way for us all to do something about greenhouse emissions. If you stop eating animals, the farmers will stop breeding, confining, tormenting, and slaughtering them. You can reduce your footprint with your knife and fork and spare over 200 animals a year from immense suffering in the process.