Following Shadow Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten’s comments likening the 2021 Federal Budget to a “vegan Big Mac” because it wasn’t ‘meaty’ enough 🙄, PETA has rushed him a deliciously meaty vegan Biggie burger from iconic fast-food chain Lord of the Fries.
As for the budget, we agree that it’s lacking. The government doesn’t earn any ‘green points’ for ‘committing funds’ in this year’s budget to tackling climate change while ignoring the cow in the room.
The United Nations has called animal agriculture “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and estimates that the industry is responsible for around 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.
Australia remains the only developed nation on the list of deforestation hotspots, and most of its tree-clearing is undertaken to create pasture for livestock, which not only robs native animals of their homes but also replaces vital carbon sinks – trees – with millions of methane-generating, water-intensive sheep and cows.
We need leaders to take urgent and meaningful action to address the devastating environmental impact of raising animals for food. We can no longer afford to keep throwing money at an industry that is killing us, the planet, and animals.
But of course, it’s not just our government that must lead by example when it comes to addressing the environmental destruction caused by our appetite for flesh. Each and every Australian can do their part every time they sit down to eat, simply by leaving animals off their plates.