animal cruelty

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Petition to Public events organizers

#PlantPoweredCommunity: plant-based food at public and social events

Sharing food and meals is one of the oldest and most convivial activities in human society. Human society grew up, indeed, around food – and in order to make the obtaining and sharing of food easier and possibly more enjoyable. Every day, people still enjoy their food with others, both in private and public contexts. Most of the world follows an omnivorous diet. Yet, animal-based foods consumption in particular is growing worldwide, with a consequent increase in meat-and-dairy production.[*] Now, there’s a number of reasons which show that meat-and-dairy based diets are not sustainable. Here are some of the main ones: meat-and-dairy consumption is positively correlated with a number of health issues;[**] meat-and-dairy based diets tend to be significantly less resource-efficient and to produce significantly more waste;[***] the meat-and-dairy industry alone accounts for around 15% of total greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to the whole transportation sector taken together), and has a direct, devastating effect on the environment, by directly causing deforestation, ocean acidification and depletion, species extinction and desertification;[+] the meat-and-dairy industry operate with procedures that any cat or dog owner would find simply outrageous and inhuman if implemented on their pets instead of cows, pigs and chickens.[++]  Meat-and-dairy-based diets are also habits. Following a diet based on animal foods is the habit of getting most of one’s nutrients from animal products on a daily basis, around three times per day, every day. What makes animal-foods consumption non-sustainable is not the barbecue you had last summer. The problem is the daily and regular habitudinal consumption of meat-and-dairy on a long term basis. Sharing a plant-based meal has clearly beneficial consequences, in terms of sustainability. It’s also relatively easy to arrange. Most omnivores are already familiar with plant-based food and they enjoyed it in the past (haven’t you ever eaten a vegetable soup? A bowl of rice or quinoa with legumes and seasonal greens? Never tried tofu, tempeh or seitan stir fry or stew? Never used almond or rice milk with oatmeal for breakfast? – If you haven’t you’re missing some very delicious and nutritious foods...). By having a plant-based meal, nobody is really depriving herself of something or throwing herself into the ‘unknown’. Plant-based foods are easily available in most restaurants, supermarkets, canteens and home kitchens. In fact, I bet that anybody reading this post has at least a few friends with whom she enjoyed a plant-based meal in the last week. #PlantPoweredCommunity campaign aims to raise public sensitivity about the need to transitioning towards a more sustainable plant-based diet. It does so, by focusing on communities and gatherings of people as the key for this change. By going for a plant-based meal together, we can better see, and demonstrate, that we do have the power and resources to progressively adopt more rational and sustainable habits. Moreover, by doing that together with others, we’re arguably going to produce a snowball effect that will impact and involve more people. How to take action? It’s easy. If you subscribe to #PlantPoweredCommunity, then the next time (today, tomorrow, this week) you’re in charge of anything that concerns food (taking people out for a meal, organizing an event, designing the menu at your institution or facility etc.) then you do two things: (1)  ensure that the food offered is entirely plant-based; (2)  ensure that you inform people of why the food is entirely plant-based and encourage them to do the same on the next occasion. This will create a community of people who share a commitment to lower meat-and-dairy production and consumption – a community that is not based on deprivation of things we like, but on embracing other things that we like as well, which we can share together while being faithful to our own values and interests.   Notes [*] Statistics on meat consumption and production are available here. [**] The main diseases positively correlated with high meat-and-dairy consumption are: Cardiovascular disease – see e.g.: here and here.    Obesity – see e.g.: here and here. Diabetes – see e.g.: here and here. Alzheimer’s and dementia – see e.g.: here and here. Cancer – see e.g.: here and here.  Here is a free documentary that summarizes some of these findings.   [***] A good synthesis of the main reasons why high levels of meat-and-dairy production are unsustainable on a large scale is provided here.  [+] For data and studies on the environmental impact of the meat-and-dairy industry (including fish) see: here, here, and here. For a documentary summarizing some of these results, see Cowspiracy. [++] Yes, animals suffer when they are slaughtered, and there is no way of ‘efficiently’ raising billions of animals per year while also treating each of them ‘humanely’ (e.g. as you would treat your own pet). On this point, see Melanie Joy’s TEDx Talk on Carnism.    

Andrea Sangiacomo
7 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Micheal Creed., Dermot Murphy

Investigate the cruelty and neglect within AHAR incl excavation of the carcasses buried...

Following on from the recent expose documentary, broadcast by RTE*, it has been brought to our attention that there are and were severe cases of animal NEGLECT and ABUSE, along with a MASS BURIAL SITE of horses and dogs underneath the sand arena within AHAR. There are now a number of independent witnesses to this, who are willing to testify in a court of law. We have also been made aware that a member within the department of Agriculture has been tipping off the manager of AHAR, in relation to pending or planned inspections, thus giving AHAR the time needed to hide animals. We are petitioning for the department to fully and thoroughly INVESTIGATE these findings and demand that the sand arena is excavated, along with post mortem to be carried out on the carcasses buried there. We have no doubt that you The Minister of Agriculture will SUPPORT us on bringing an end to the ongoing cruelty and mass burials of animals at AHAR. EDITED to add links:- *Animal Farm Update - Following AHAR's complaints about the above programmes, RTÉ was cleared of any wrongdoing by the independent Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Full report and findings here -  

Charmayne Gourley
34,464 supporters