Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Australia
The NSW government is introducing severe water checks on homes. Level Two restrictions will be enforced in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions from 10 December with potential fines for using hoses and sprinklers. People have been asked to restrict the length of their showers.
But, while we are staying dirty and our gardens dying, there is no mention of the production of meat, dairy and eggs. Enormous amounts of water are used in irrigating the crops that farmed animals eat, providing millions of animals with drinking water, and washing away the polluting filth of factory farms, trucks and slaughterhouses. All for products that are cruel to animals, harmful to human health, and detrimental to the environment. An average of 4,500 litres of water is required to produce just one steak. The production of a hamburger requires the same water as taking around 30 showers.
Water conservation must include a looking at animal agriculture industries.