Stop Meat Industry Pollution

Stop the Massive Environmental Impact of Meat Production

Target: Tom Vilsack, head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Goal: Reduce pollution from massive livestock operations to save animals and the environment

The raising and harvesting of meat, as unethical as it may be, is also part of several detrimental issues facing the world today: loss of wildlife, climate change, and the pollution of water are all concerns which have received widespread attention. Massive livestock operations are contributing to each of these problems in significant ways. We must petition to reduce the huge numbers of livestock at these facilities, and create safeguards to reduce their impact.

Between 1980 and 2010, meat production tripled, and is set to double again by 2020. The earth and its wildlife are already feeling the burden, but with the impending population boom set to raise the world’s human count to 10 billion by 2050, the blow to the wildlife populations and the environment will be even more catastrophic than it is now.

The problems created by such immense quantities of livestock include these:

– Wildlife: wild animals are killed for preying on livestock and are decimated to enable the expansion of agricultural lands, creating unstable ecosystems and extinction of local wildlife populations.

– Environment: livestock are responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than every form of transport combined. In the U.S. around 5.5 million metric tons of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide, comes from meat production operations.

– Water: almost 50% of water use in America is directed towards raising livestock. Animal agriculture has taken over almost half of the landmass of the lower 48 states, and has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states, and groundwater in 17 states.

These monumental impacts on wild animals and the environment will only become worse as more livestock is required to feed the burgeoning human population. Sign this petition to stop the horrific damage from meat production.


Dear Mr. Vilsack,

I write to you in grave concern over the massive impact of meat production in the United States. I ask that you place serious restrictions and safeguards on the meat production industry in order to save wildlife, the environment, and our planet.

In the present day, meat production is responsible for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and this is only set to skyrocket as the population increase places more demand on livestock. Moreover, the consequences for wildlife are serious, with many local populations already wiped out due to habitat loss and culling to make way for animal agriculture.

With 50% of the water in America being used to feed livestock, and the terrible pollution of rivers and groundwater due to manure and waste, we are in a critical situation which can only get worse if the current trend is maintained.

Mr. Vilsack, our planet is sustainable; it was built to give us everything we need, and yet, we are destroying it faster than it can heal. The meat production industry is a significant contributor to what is killing our earth, and this death will speed up exponentially as population increase, climate change, habitat loss, and water shortage take their toll.

I urge you to consider serious reductions in livestock, and severe measures to protect our rivers, freshwater, and groundwater. Protect our wildlife, so that local ecosystems may continue to flourish. Several species have already become extinct in local habitats, ensure this does not continue.

Remember, the state of our planet – and therefore the life of every human being on this planet – rests on the shoulders of men like you who have the power to change our course from disaster to prosperity. Change this trend by reversing the effects of harmful, profit-seeking meat production operations. This is only the start of what needs to be done.


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  1. Aileen Peek says:

    It’s called supply and demand. Each consumer of dead animals is liable for the destruction of forests, wildlife, rivers. The more people eat meat, the more this will happen. The more people eat meat, the more diseases there are like obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Then the people who DON’T eat meat end up paying for their healthcare.

    Mammals have emotions like us humans. Think of that the next time you look a cow in the face. Think of that when you are digging into a steak. There was a feeling, living face behind that. This animal went through terror towards its death so we could eat it. By the way, I haven’t eaten meat in 45 years.

    • You make some great points, Aileen. I have not eaten meat in 10 years, and won’t for the rest of my life. Thank you for being someone who cares and who understands that animals have emotions and that we need to have a better consciousness of who we are are what we are doing to the animals on the planet, and each other.

    • Grazie tante per difendere e dar voce ai nostri fratellini Animali, finchè ci saranno queste abberrazioni e si uccideranno queste creature innocenti, ci sarà guerra, malattie e morte!. I governatori del mondo tiene schiavi il mondo facendo sacrifici satanici con il sangue degli innocenti. Spero che tutti si RIsvegliano da questo male e prendano Coscenza dell’olocausto che han dato alle creature più pure indifese del Creato, questi nostri fratellini innocenti immolati alla razza di zombie morti viventi. STOP CANNIBALI. Go Vegan!!!. Go Vegan in tutto il mondo!!!

    • meat eaters should pay high insurance premiums because of all the diseases] they are inflicted with from meat

  2. Donna E. Szlosek says:

    I think the comment from Aileen Peek above says it all. I totally agree with her.

    I have been vegan (for ethical purposes) for over 20 years and it is the best thing I have ever done.

  3. We never eat meats ever again! Why do you ignore their needs and nice killing and not make us all people sicker!

  4. Pearl Lotus says:

    World Watch Institute published a report in 2009 titled “Livestock and Climate Change.” Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang found that 51% of all anthropomorphic GHG emissions are derived by farming animals. The ONLY way to stop the killing of farmed animals and wildlife, and the immense environmental destruction is to be Vegan.

  5. stephanie angell says:

    I was raised a meat eater and my grandpa had a farm. After 27 years I discovered what it meant to be vegan and from that day on I switched cold “veggie” and will never use animal products to the best of my knowledge. I do not want to hurt any innocent, loving, beautiful creature for the sake of a pallatable pleas sure that I get just as satisfyingly from a veggie diet.

  6. Stop eating meat and the meat industry will disappear. Simple.

  7. Gabriella Serafino says:

    Go vegan !!!!

  8. They mention the increase in meat production from 1980 to 2010, and the projected increase from now to 2020. They don’t even mention the huge increase from 1900 to 1980. Human beings were not meant to eat so much meat. The greedy meat industry is also destroying our health. Why would anyone want to eat the rotting corpse of a murdered animal? If we’d all just stop, we could be rid of the entire disgusting industry.

    • Heta Rousi says:

      You’re right Stan Benton! we should all stop eating meat because we humans have a choice! I stopped eating meet only couple of months ago and I can guarantee that it’s not hard in our world with nuts, soy, beans, spirulina etc. At least for us who have access to overwhelming choice of different food products. Plant proteins are found to be surprisingly healthy for people!!!

  9. Franklin t Hall says:

    agree with those above… the only way to save the enviroment, the planet, ourselves AND the animals is to make one simple, immediately impacting, satisfying, sensible, moral, ethical and life affirming decision…GO VEGAN… you know it makes sense.

  10. Most of us who have chosen a vegan life (myself included)have at some time eaten meat. We had to be educated about the cruelty, the inhumanity, the total arrogance that goes into raising and consuming animals. Never stop sharing your views on every social forum you have. My dream is the world will see that animals have every right to exist and live their lives as we do. They think, they feel, they form bonds. And we, in return, betray their trust and torture and kill them. We’re human so what’s humane about any of this?

  11. I don’t eat meat and never will….and I feel damn good about it.

  12. Tracey Christian says:

    If only the rest of the world knew what ALL of these enlightened commentors knew….. Urge EVERYONE you know to watch Earthlings and see if they can stomach a ‘Yummy’ bacon sandwich after that.

  13. I do eat meat but very little. I am actually looking for a new source for wild game and I do some fishing in the summer. The animals I try to consume have lived a natural life, death is quick, nothing is wasted. I don’t believe in hunting for “sport.” You eat what you kill. I shun factory-farm raised meats, eggs, and dairy. I try to opt for the most humane options but I am an omnivore. Humans by nature, are omnivorous. Evolution is a natural process that shouldn’t be forced but there is no need to consume meat in such vast quantities. We should limit and humanely source animal products. A plant – heavy diet is still good even if it is not plant – exclusive.

    • Thank you Sarah. We feel the same way. I believe we were meant to live off of wild resources and meat is included for some. I am mainly vegetarian, but I occasionally eat wild game and fish. If each person was in contact with the animals they consume they would not over consume as the majority of our society does. Eat local, source your own, and be responsible about it. We eat meat about 3x per week, otherwise it’s nuts and legumes etc. I don’t agree with everyone on this thread that the only way to be a conservationist is to be vegan, but that is definitely a sure fire way to be one. There are other ways too.

  14. laurel mancini says:

    The ‘face on the plate’. The world may not become vegan but, the world could eat less animal and still be healthy. Each time a little less. A little less. Little. Less.

  15. Maigie Lo says:


  16. Gloria Sandoval says:

    It’s the only solution, it’s the only way to solve our moral schizophrenia when it comes to animals, and it’s easier to do than you may think. It’s very easy to do.

    As Gary Francione said:

    Our thinking about animals is very confused. On one hand, we claim to regard animals as members of the moral community. We claim to embrace a moral and legal obligation not to inflict “unnecessary” suffering or death on animals. We can, of course, debate the meaning of “necessity,” but whatever it means, it must rule out suffering and death imposed for reasons of human pleasure, amusement, or convenience. If it does not do so, then the exception would completely swallow the moral rule.

    The problem is that 99.99% of our animal use cannot be justified by anything but human pleasure, amusement, or convenience. For example, we kill more than 12 billion land animals every year in the United States alone for food. No one maintains that it is necessary to eat animals to lead an optimally healthy lifestyle and an increasing number of mainstream health care professionals tell us that animal foods are detrimental to our health. Animal agriculture is a disaster for the environment because it involves a most inefficient use of natural resources and creates water pollution, soil erosion, and greenhouse gasses. The only justification that we have for the pain, suffering, and death that we impose on these billions of animals is that we enjoy eating animal foods, or that it is convenient to do so, or that it is just plain habit.

    We regard some animals—our “pets”—as members of our families. We see them as nonhuman persons. We love them and they love us back. We are not in any way speaking or thinking anthropomorphically when we say that dogs and cats are sentient beings with distinct personalities. That is simply a matter of fact. We have no doubt that they have an interest in avoiding pain, suffering, and death. We grieve when they die. But our dogs and cats are no different from the animals whose bodies we eat or who are used to produce dairy and eggs. We love some animals; we stick forks into others. That is what I mean by “moral schizophrenia.”

  17. What if Macdonald’s and all the other fast food outlets produced burgers, or poultry pieces, or kebabs based on plant protein but which were a perfect imitation of their real meat counterparts? Or changed to sandwiches and pies that had the whole range of meat flavours but were based on vegetables, grains or pulses?

  18. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  19. Elina Timonen says:

    Actually. We humans are so depended on animals. We should be grateful to them. At the early days people hunted animals. Though they were vegetarians, the meat helped humans to develop faster and to survive in a harsh enviroment. When he had discovered the agriculture, then the animals came to help him again in the farming tasks. After all that progress, people have become the master of universe with no gratitude to these animals. They are monsters.

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