James Cameron, famed director and well-known climate change activist, has a message for the masses: go vegan to fight climate change.
Cameron, who has been vegan for four years, spoke at a climate change summit in Los Angeles earlier this week about the impact of food systems and diet on climate change.
In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Cameron explains:
The thing that became abundantly clear to us when we met with the experts who are working in nutrition and energy sustainability and climate change is that we can’t actually meet our emission goals if we don’t address animal agriculture, and that’s the thing that’s been left out of the conversation.
This message is crucial because many people who care about the environment still have no idea that raising animals for food is so incredibly destructive.
But consider this :
Going vegan immediately cuts your CO2 emissions in half.
It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just half a kilo of ‘beef’.
80 percent of land deforested in the Amazon is for raising cattle.
Factory farms grossly contaminate rivers and ground water.
While the widespread negative repercussions of animal agriculture is overwhelming, Cameron’s message is one of hope:
The simple resounding message is you will be healthier and your planet will be healthier based on a very simple thing that you can do today. And you’ll also save money because eating a plant-based diet is just frankly cheaper. It’s cheaper to produce plants. It’s less carbon footprint, less water footprint, less money footprint and better for you.
Of course, one of the best reasons and the most ethical one, to ditch animal ‘products’ is to prevent unnecessary animal suffering and death.
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If I were not vegan yet – I would go vegan for ethical reasons. One of which is that I am against hunting. The theft of life is immoral – and can never be justified under any circumstances. The entire world is now aware of the tragic circumstances that Cecil, a magnificent innocent 13-year-old lion, has been exposed to by yet again the unprofessional hunting fraternity. ‘Hunters’ – a complete embarrassment to society – aggressive, incoherent, violent, and vile. Cecil who was one of the stars of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. When we stay ‘stars’ – we mean that he was in the prime of his life, and life was not over according to Cecil. His will to live was on par with any and all human life. He was charismatic, and had good communication with both nature and man, he loved human contact, he was gentle, kind, and always obliging to professional photographers who were taken in by his composure, his eye contact, his body language, his freedom to express his love for the wild and the beautiful, and free. He was beautiful and had an unusual black mane which mystified visitors, set him apart from others – one was always able to recognise Cecil quite easily. He had a regal way about him, in the way that he walked in a slinky demur, how he blinked, and that loving look that he gave you – always charming. That was Cecil – so charismatic. A perfect gentlemen even in his own pride. Earlier this month, locals found the protected lion shot, beheaded and skinned. Authorities now believe that a local man was paid $55,000 by a western hunter to lure Cecil out of the protected park so that the hunter could ‘legally’ murder the lion on a local landowner’s property. Only wounding Cecil, it is believed that the hunter then spent two days tracking Cecil before killing him and taking a ‘trophy.’ The 48 hours of pain and the suffering is too hard to fathom. After investigation, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority and The Telegraph are both naming Cecil’s killer as Walter Palmer, a dentist and known big game hunter from Minnesota. But this Is not the first time that Palmer’s name has been involved with illegal killings. There are recorded cases going back to 2006 together with other Zimbabwean officials as well as non officials, and perhaps it’s time for investigations to delve much deeper. In fact this would also be a perfect case for INTERPOL, which would uncover more leads. Hunters are intertwined with poaching – that is for sure, as in this case. They lend wildlife and conservation a really bad name. Unsurprisingly, the dental surgery of Walter Palmer has not fared well on social media. In fact, there’s been so much backlash on social media that the dental practice seems to have shut down for the day and all shades have been drawn. It is not surprising that Palmers clients are utterly disgusted – and we have seen comments that they shall never set foot in his practice again. The world has now seen him in action with innocent victims all over Africa – killing Cecil our family Lion, and other members – Rhino, Leopard, Buck, etc – his list of fetish for killing is chapters long. The lives he has drawn breath from is hopefully at end to which he must now answer for. Dear god may he never step foot on our land ever again to harm the innocent. Cecil leaves behind a pride of lions, including 24 cubs, who preservationists say, will now likely be killed by other lions. Cecil also leaves behind him so many humans who loved him so, appreciated and, who loved his nature, his free spirit, and who adored his companionship through the most amazing photographs that any wild individual could possibly display so freely, – educating the world how to love, and how to enjoy wildlife, the way it was meant to be. Live well Cecil – may your spirit live on and in all, for eternity and in the heart, of the good in man.
Walter Palmer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know:
Cecil was left skinned & headless on the outskirts of the National Park.
The hunters tried to destroy Cecil’s collar to hide the evidence
Palmer faced prison time in 2008 for lying to a federal agent about the killing of a bear
Palmer was also previously accused of sexual harassment
Without blame – thousands of death threats have been made against Palmer on social media due to his unlawful conduct and violent psychotic behaviour against the innocent.
- For every kilo of shrimp on our dinner table, 52 kilos of other sea animals are killed and tossed back into the sea.
- When we buy shrimp from Thailand we support slave labour, men are bought, kept on fishing vessels, and forced to do 20 hour shifts.
- There are no legal requirements for the humane slaughter of fish (not that, that makes a difference, since there is no such thing as ‘humane slaughter’).
- In tuna farms, small tuna are dumped into netted pens, fattened on pellets of concentrated fish flesh, and killed if they don’t die first from parasites.
- 70 – 80% of the salmon marked ‘wild’ is actually farmed.
- In 55 years, humans have managed to wipe out 90% of the oceans top predators. These include sharks, Bluefin tuna, swordfish, marlin, and king mackerel.
- If these current trends continue, researches predict that agriculture will outgrow the supply of fishmeal by 2020.
- A 2006 study of catch data predicted, if fishing rates continue apace, the globes fisheries will collapse by 2048.
- Imported farmed shrimp is often filthy, containing antibiotics, chemical residues, mouse/rat hair, and pieces of insects.
- Research has shown that fish feel pain and stress, and fishing practices show evisceration, starvation and asphyxiation.
- Farmed salmon has 10x the amount of cancer causing organic pollutants than wild salmon.
- Farmed salmon is grey in colour, a pink colour and a fishy smell are artificially added.
- Chicken faeces is one of the main ingredients in farm fish feed.
- Farm raised mussels contain 6x more dibutlyin than wild mussels. Dibutlyin is used in PVC plastics and can impair immune system functionality.
- Between 2005 – 2010, 25% of food borne illnesses caused by imported food, involved seafood.
- 31.5 million tonnes of fish caught from the ocean each year is ground up for animal feed.
- 86% of fish is imported, half of those imports are factory farmed.
- 300,000 whales, dolphins, and porpoises die each year after becoming entangled in fishing equipment.
- Around 73 million sharks, are thrown back into the ocean each year, with their fins cut off.
- 27 million tonnes of fish is thrown away each year. That’s enough to fill the Titanic 600 times.
- Farmed tilapia in China are fed pig and goose manure – this poop contains salmonella.
- If you were fed a plate of sushi alongside all the animals that were killed to get it to you, the plate would be over 1.5 meters wide.
- In 2009, illegal antibiotics were found in three types of imported fish from China.
- In Vietnam, fish is kept fresh with ice made from bacteria filled tap water.
- More than 28,000 sea turtles are captured each year in the skimmer trawl nets used to catch shrimp.
- 50% of swordfish caught are tossed back. 77% of those tossed back are already dead.
- Globally, illegal fishing is estimated to be worth as much as 126405500000.00 South African Rand.
- 20 of the worlds albatross species are under threat from illegal fishers.
- The fishing of wild salmon impacts 137 species.
- 20% of the weight of tuna catch is ‘chucked’ back as bycatch. Casualties typically include: turtles, rays, dolphins, sharks, and endangered albatross.
- Longlines with baited hooks can extend up to 81 kilometres. These attract and kill a huge range of sea mammals.
- Sharks kill 12 people per year. People kill 11,417 sharks per hour.
- 90% of the oceans large fish have already been fished out.
- In a year, Scotland’s fish farming creates as much nitrogen as the sewage of 3.2 million people.
The fishing industry is astronomically large, and it’s a sad fact after years of overfishing the world’s seas have been left in a situation where demand far outstrips supply. Fishing have caused untold levels of pollution, destruction and injustice. There are hundreds of notions to make the switch to going vegan, but above all, do it for ethical reasons. www.howdoigovegan.com
Some of the most credible critics are long time agricultural farmers and ranchers like Howard Lyman. People who grew up farming, milking cows and have been absolutely horrified by by the animals that have been turned into nothing but mechanical devices that, pumped full of drugs, the only emphasis is producing animal product…s as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The number of slaughtered animals world wide is over 60 billion annually. Just try to imagine the perverse plight of a farm animal that’s going to be slaughtered. A deeply sensitive, intelligent being. A cow, a turkey, a lamb, a pig for example. Once who knows what’s about to happen but he’s trapped, he cannot escape. Try to envision such a life if you dare call it that. Even for a few moments. Put a face on the ‘meat’. See who the being actually was on your ‘steak’. See who the being actually was on your ‘chop’. See who the being actually was on your ‘drum stick’. There are other beings in the world who are aware of the world and they are aware of what happens to them. And what happens to them matters to them. It makes a difference to their life from the inside. They have a biography not merely a biology, that they are somebody not ‘something’ and what happens when you have that awareness, you understand that those beings have no voice. They have no power. They have no constituency among themselves to speak for themselves , and so you understand that if they are to be heard, you must do the speaking for them. With animal consciousness you understand that your commitment to the vulnerable extends beyond the human family.
We’ve heard a lot of talk about evil, and we tend to have this vision of evil as fanatically passionate people, people who are either religious fanatics, or who are crazed and commit evil deeds and that’s all on our front pages and these are terrible things and we know that this is a terrible thing but having said that we tend to ignore the other kind of evil. Cold evil this is evil not done out of passion or out of prejudice or religious fanaticism. These are the cold institutional systemic evils that we see for instance in factory farming where billions and billions of animals are treated in an absolutely evil and terrifying way and yet it’s systemic. It’s hidden from view. No one is passionately stabbing them. It’s the system that’s evil. If the average person were to see what happens to create that ‘meal’ , he would be horrified. You need to continue to create that awareness.
TSE diseases have very long incubation periods and cannot be detected in their early stages and largely go diagnosed however are 100% fatal. The statistical information regarding these diseases is almost totally obscured. There ought to be mandatory reporting of CJD for example (to name but one), and consideration for autopsy ought to taken on anyone who passes from dementia for example. Proper studies are still not being done. Would you really know if you were eating a full blown BSE animal? A dangerous chance to take don’t you think? Think too about your family and your loved ones. Do you really want to continue to risk feeding them diseased ‘meat’ thus making yourselves ill constantly and open to diseases? With an incubation period that can last anything up to 40 years, you really do not want to watch your loved one suffer with any of the diseases passed on through the consumption of any animals and their bi products.
Turn to history for life’s lessons and encouragement and instruction. Be warned by what has happened to others and how much they suffer daily. If we look at how native American people were once fueled and treated by the conquistadors. When they were viewed as non-human beings, and when their blood was used to fertilize fields. It’s unthinkable today. When we look at slavery, when you could buy and sell and beat with impunity people of African decent. Unthinkable today. When woman couldn’t get divorced or own property or get an education or vote. Unthinkable today. What history teaches us is that a few good people who are determined and who are persistent, who don’t give up can change the world. So what we have to believe as activists is that we’re not going to do this tomorrow. The wall of oppression has to be taken apart a brick at a time. When we get a critical mass of people change will come. That’s how we ought to go to sleep at night and that’s how we ought to wake up the next morning. That ought to be our faith!
If we are going to deal with the problems that we are having whether they are health, the environment or the animal issues we have to do it in this generation. We are now up against the wall and we cannot afford to take a pass. We cannot say that it is up to somebody else to take care of this problem. It’s up to us right now to get involved. If we don’t there may not be a future for our children and grandchildren. All of those animals that we are killing are killing us. This is about the absolute survival of the human species. Spread this message for as long as you have breath in your body. Animals are waiting for us to become informed and to become enlightened. We have no choice but to go vegan.
Societies social ‘norms’ are in complete conflict with nonviolence. This is a major concern for those who have attempted to heal the world through passive nonaggressive actions. Just in one day – I have rubbed shoulders with so many people who are unwilling to listen, learn or educate themselves, even though comprehensive material was given to them at no cost whatsoever. The absolute refusal, to have an open mind about a topic pivotal to the progress of the future of nature herself, shows a society indoctrinated with stubborn will to make no attempt to understand what it means to make life liveable for sentients. The matter of ‘inconvenience’ is always the answer – but at who’s expense and at what cost does that ‘inconvenience’ to change come? Is often a question that they are unable and refuse to relate to. That is concerning. It is concerning that the human want’s change but is not prepared to work toward that goal in order to accomplish change.
To make matters worse on the same day several people snubbed me for posting on the same sex marriage celebrations in the US of A – a topic which I feel strongly that we ought all be happy about. We are referring to fundamental basic human rights here. If some humans are incapable of celebrating what should be everyone’s right and dignity, an oppressive law that should never have been an issue in the first place – then how the hell are we going to reach out to those same individuals to partake in what is morally just for all sentients, In particular animals who suffer so, those who still today have no rights whatsoever.
As if that wasn’t enough slaughter for the day, a really angry man, one whom I thought I had known ‘fairly well’ (not vegan yet), had an alarming and rather emotional outlandish ‘outburst’ of deeply embedded hatred toward cultures of ethnic groups (I care not to mention here – as it was painful to hear this amount of hatred tearing up his insides). Years of oppressive abnormal society ‘norms’ and ‘hatred’ bottled up inside of him – that even he, was unwilling and incapable of listening to reason without insulting moral integrity.
There are millions upon millions of humans in todays society who harbour so much hatred, who all, are looking for desperate healing and forms of escapism – most just haven’t come to this realization as yet. That energy could be channelled in the right direction. I have the deepest concern, that even ‘welfarist vegans’ may become embroiled and caught up in the moment of violence, with the realms of ‘hatred’ so close to ones own doorstep, just a fingertip away. Hate is an awful word – ‘hating’ humans is as immoral and unjust as hating animals. We could all aspire to take that word out of our vocabulary, replace it with love and abolitionist vegan education, to share it with others – we would be doing the world a great moral social justice. It is through this action that others will learn to love again, it is through this action that others will see reason and logic, it is through this action that violence will end. Violence, an unnecessary evil inflicted upon all oppressed, still living amidst a society of ‘social abnormality’.
Not enough emphasis can be placed on the importance of soothing out, balancing, clearing, sharing with others, the importance of living life in the true vegan spirit, it’s main objective – to create a world free of hatred, free of violence, free of social oppression forced upon sentients. Years of oppressive ‘abnormal’ society ‘norms’ leads us to violence however, we have the power to unravel all of that. The world is vegan if you want it to be, there is no other solution. Thank you.
A daunting, disgusting thought. Highly unbelievable – yet highly possible. ‘Meat’ is ‘meat’ – there is no difference between eating cow, or pig, dog or boy etc. All is morally wrong. All is cruel. All is unjust and purely disgusting. All is derived from violence. Make the connection.
A restaurant in Anambra, Nigeria has been closed down after its activities of selling human meat came to the knowledge of local leaders, says BBC.
Police were informed about the restaurant’s activities by local leaders and residents, where they rushed to the scene and were shocked to see two human heads; still fresh, oozing blood.
The blood was being tapped into a polythene bag, perhaps going to be served as a different delicacy.
The police arrested six women and four men in connection with the crime.
At the time of arrest, they managed to recover an AK-47 rifle, other weapons including sets of grenade, and several mobile phones.
“Every time I went to the market, I observed strange activities going on in the hotel. People who were never cleanly dressed and who looked a bit strange made their way in and out of the hotel, making me very suspicious of their activities. I am not surprised at the shocking revelation, “said one of the residents.
A local priest was taken aback by the revelations and couldn’t come into terms with having consumed human flesh. He reported to the police how he unknowingly ate human meat.
“I had gone to the restaurant early in the morning for breakfast. I finished my meal and was served with the bill, only to be shocked by the naira 700 (Sh380) charged. The attendant noticed my reaction and told me it was the small piece of meat I had eaten that made the bill scale that high. I did not know I had been served with human meat, and that it was that expensive,” he said.
For a long time reports have been going round in Nigeria that human meat is being sold alongside other meals at food joints, but this is the first time a restaurant is heard specializing in selling human meat only.
Going vegetarian is not enough. You have got to go vegan to stop the violence.