Not residents wasting water

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.

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One response to “Not residents wasting water”

  1. Peter Hatfield says:

    Water restrictions are introduced by local water authorities. In our area that has been done by Rous water at just level one .
    Livestock production has always been limited by available water, usually from dams on producers’ properties. If they draw on dams like Rocky Creek – which is still over 70% – they pay for it like other users. Any cleaning of facilities is subject to environmental controls just like any other industry.
    You state the products are cruel to animals. If as it appears you are aware of any cruelty to animals, why have you not reported it to the RSPCA or police, as is required under the NSW animal cruelty legislation?
    I lived in Canberra through the 2003 drought and bushfires, with more severe water restrictions than those in NSW then or now. At no time did I read anyone suggesting we compromise an important export industry or the welfare of the animals, because they couldn’t take a shower. How many more contrived arguments will PETA come up with in their efforts to impose their diet on others.

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