Tell the world’s 6th largest economy to divest from animal agriculture

Imagine if California, the world’s 6th biggest economy divested from a leading cause of climate change. It would be an unprecedented step in fighting one of the biggest threats to our way of life, and could start a movement of other states to do the same.

Bold and urgent actions are required to combat the effects of looming catastrophic climate change, and to preserve a healthy and sustainable global environment. Industrial scale meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood production by companies such as Tyson Foods, ConAgra, and Smithfield Foods have devastating impacts on our air, water, land, natural resources, health, oceans, and climate.

The greenhouse gas effects of animal agriculture, especially from methane and nitrous oxide, are greater than the entire transportation sector. In addition, under-regulated factory farms are rife with inhumane treatment of farm animals, hazards to community health, and poor working conditions.

Thus, as detailed in the 2016 FAIRR Report, factory farming is a bad investment on environmental, moral and, ultimately, fiscal grounds. CalPERS and CalSTRS are the largest public retirement systems in California. Through their investments they have the power to discourage corporate bad behavior. We urge CalPERS and CalSTRS to do the socially and fiscally responsible "right thing" by divesting from all companies within their portfolios that are engaged in these activities.

Read the complete letter to CalPERS and CalSTRS on occlimateaction.org.

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