Sydney – After Ministers Littleproud and McCormack proposed that agriculture be excluded from future long-term climate targets, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking him to ignore the suggestion, which “make[s] as much sense as … exclud[ing] returned travellers when collating COVID-19 case numbers”.
In its letter, PETA points out that Australia is already struggling to meet its modest target of reducing emissions to 26% to 28% below 2005 levels. Ignoring animal agriculture may favourably skew our reported emissions, but it won’t change the real and dangerous volume of methane our farmed animals emit. The International Journal of Climate Change reports that animal agriculture is the largest contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions in Australia and that the livestock sector contributes some 50% of emissions.
“Globally … emissions from agriculture alone would be enough to put the Paris goals out of reach – even if all the other major sources of emissions were eliminated,” writes PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “The science is clear: the quickest and easiest way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is to stop the breeding, keeping, and killing of farmed animals.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview – notes that over 500 million animals are raised and slaughtered for food in Australia each year, an extremely resource-intensive practice that uses vast amounts of land, water, and crops and subjects gentle, sensitive animals to systemic abuse and painful, terrifying deaths.
PETA’s letter to the prime minister is available here.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.