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.
[Your Name Here]
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