It may be an “inconvenient toot”, but cows and other animals raised for food fart and burp massive quantities of greenhouse gasses – so much so that they’re a leading contributor to climate change. So in honour of Earth Day (22 April), the first 50 people from Australia who e-mail PETA at [email protected] will each receive one of our hilarious new whoopee cushions, a cheeky reminder that expressing concern for the environment while continuing to eat meat is just a lot of hot air.
Animal agriculture is responsible for more than 30 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse-gas emissions. And livestock animals are the source of more than a third of all global human-attributed emissions of methane, which is 20 times more destructive as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide is.
In today’s meat and dairy industries, chickens and turkeys have their throats cut while they’re still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without any painkillers and calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of birth. Billions of farmed animals are killed every year – and they’re raised and killed in ways that are as unsustainable as they are cruel.
The easiest, most effective way to take a bite out of climate change and to improve your health and save animals’ lives at the same time is to cut the cheese – and all animal products – out of your diet and go vegan.
Posted by Claire Fryer