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
Many animals such as pigs and cows are diarrhoea fed in order to sustain the industry. Yup that’s right you heard well – their own diarrhoea is used in their feed. Humans who say silly things like “but I just love my pork and beef way too much to go vegan”, are in fact admitting to having a fetish to diarrhoea – these are not made up fables, these are true facts. One may also want to look up why it is that humans with weak immune systems are asked to abstain from handling raw carcass, and why it is highly advisable and recommended that counter tops, utensils and chopping boards are strictly sprayed and wiped down with disinfectant when handling rotting flesh from animals. These are not simply basic guidelines but general HACCP standards. So let’s get past the fact that many humans enjoy diarrhoea – what about the poop, flesh, dairy and egg born diseases that are caused by consumption, such as salmonella, E. coli , campylobacteriosis etc. Some diseases lay undetected in human bodies for years – then surface later in forms of illnesses such as those as form of dementia etc. Is it really worth taking that risk for some poop – we think not. Let’s not even mention the chemicals – antibiotics. steroids, growth hormones mixed amidst the coagulated blood, the puss and other unsavoury excretions. No thank you – when you learn the truth about the madness within the animal agricultural industry – it is very easy to go vegan, and stay vegan. You name it, every conceivable sort of violence is ubiquitous within these murder victims, who are then wrapped up In cellophane and cardboard boxes, and sold to unsuspecting consumers. But still some humans choose of their own free will to continue eating this finished product to get enough protein and iron etc to give them cancer. All diseases are linked to animal foods. So why choose to torture others, spread unnecessary diseases, from animal to animal, from animal to man, man to man, and even consider taking such high risks in the death that one shoves into ones mouth. How can poop possibly taste good, how can macabre bodily fluids and manmade chemicals whose torture was born on vivisection even be considered to be healthy? It doesn’t, it isn’t, and it’s not even remotely ethical. When we can stop animals suffering, save the planet, save our health, feed the poor and the hungry, and maintain the ecosystems that we have all become so reliant upon – we ought to stop making exceptions and excuses not to be vegan. There are no excuses left. When we learn the information about going vegan, and how joyful, fun, unique and how wow it is to live vegan, it’s so inspiring, that we wonder how we could not have lived vegan so much sooner. Veganism is the spice of life, there are so many stunning discoveries out there, spices, herbs, humus, baba ganoush , all those vegan butters and milks. We discover foods that we have never heard about like quinoa, tofu, tempeh etc. It’s just so exciting. A whole new world opens up, and the sky is the limit! Today’s vegan food choices are amazing – there Is everything from fresh fruits, veg, nuts, seeds, grains, and so many vegan foods that are now ready available at most stores – vegan meats, cheese, butter, milk, biscuits, cakes, sweets, ice creams and other delightful frozen confectionaries, to all sorts of ready made meals (burgers, lasagne’s, mac & cheese, pizza etc). Gardein, beyond meat, tofurky, fry’s, earth balance, are just some of the hundreds of brands who make vegan products. Today we have tons of wonderful information right at our fingertips, to show us just how easy it is to go vegan – videos, documentaries, movies, online e books, recipes, YouTube, Facebook pages, groups, cookbooks, and off course many vegans, that we can lean on to learn more about veganism , that there really is no excuse not to educate ourselves. There is no reason not to go vegan. There is no reason not to stop violence, and for not living and supporting a nonviolent way of life. There is no reason not to opt for health – our own and that of the planet. There are millions of vegan options today that contain no blood, no puss, no violence, no diseases and no fuss, and no poop . Going vegan has gone so mainstream today, that going vegan Is so easy. Next time you take a walk down the isle at your local store – take a detour to the vegan section and check them all out, check out all the options! There is a shift on the earth that’s happening right now, and it’s really exciting. Join the movement. You never know how you can inspire, educate, and affect great changes on our planet. Stop the flesh fetish. Become an ethical vegan. Empower yourself. Grow more, know more, and love more.
Vegan ethics. What is veganism – how can your actions benefit all sentient’s.
Being vegan is your statement in rejecting violence – violence to animals – violence to yourself, violence to the environment – on which we all depend. When you consume violence – you are saying that violence is acceptable. You are saying that violence to animals – violence to yourself, and violence to the environment is acceptable – therefore you become a part of violence.
Vegans reject eating violence – vegans reject wearing violence, and they reject participating in any violence what so ever. This means that the consumption of all living beings – the consumption of their ‘meat’, their dairy as well as their eggs is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed. This also means that wearing animals is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed. Wearing leather, fur, wool and silk all come from violence inflicted upon living beings. Vegans do not participate in animal exploitation – this means that vegans reject animal status as ‘chattel property’ – animals are not yours to do with as you please, they are not forms of entertainment, they are not breeding machines, they are not sex acts, they are not slaves.
Being vegan means that you protect all animals, their rights, the rights of others, and you honour the environment in which you live in – by eating and wearing nonviolence. Veganism embraces nonviolence holistically by not discriminating against any member of the moral community including all specie, all race and sexes. Vegans do not discriminate against specie – that would be speciesism – speciesism is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified.
One must be clear about the meaning of nonviolence – one must be clear in the message that nonviolence resonates, one must be clear on how your actions of nonviolence effects all living beings positively. When you embrace veganism – you advocate nonviolence, you become nonviolent – you must be clear on educating others to do so.
Finally – going vegan and staying vegan is easy when you know how and you do it for morally just reasons – that of animal rights. When you act upon moral justification – everything else falls into place, when animals stop suffering – they ease your pain, when you stop consuming violence – health releaves your body, you become clean spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. When you stop consuming violence, animals heal, earth heals – your environment heals, people heal.
Veganism is the biggest movement in modern thinking times. Be clear about veganism – share it with the world so that everyone benefits now. Veganism is about nonviolence. It is about not engaging in harm to other sentient beings, to oneself, and to the environment upon which all beings depend for life. The animal rights movement is, at its core, a movement about ending violence to all sentient beings. It is a movement that seeks fundamental justice for all. It is an emerging peace movement that does not stop at the arbitrary line that separates humans from nonhumans. Changing a hierarchical paradigm of pervasive exploitation that has dominated for millennia requires a great deal of hard work. And that hard work requires clarity.
If you are not vegan, please consider going vegan. It’s a matter of nonviolence. Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.