Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Limit and strictly enforce the amount of waste that animal agriculture industries are allowed to dump in U.S. waterways.
Between 2010 and 2014, Tyson Foods dumped upwards of 104 million pounds of waste in U.S. waterways. This waste included tons of animal waste and fertilizers used to grow these animals’ food, both of which have been linked to public health and environmental issues. As disgusting as this excessive pollution is, it is completely legal. Under the law, there is nothing stopping Tyson or any other agricultural giant from dumping hundreds of millions of tons of waste into waterways every year. There is nothing stopping these corporations from poisoning this country’s water, soil, wildlife, and citizens.
Strong ties between lobbyists and lawmakers make it extremely difficult to impose any sort of regulations on the meat, egg, and dairy industries, even though they’re some of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet. Change is often slow, grueling, and minimal, if it’s allowed to happen at all. Despite these difficulties, something must be done to protect the United States’ precious natural resources from further pollution at the hands of animal agriculture. Urge Congress to draft a bill that would strictly limit the amount of waste that these industries are allowed to dump.
Dear Mr. Speaker,
Most discussions of climate change center on issues like carbon emissions from vehicles and factories, the effects of fracking and oil drilling, and melting polar caps. However, a glaring omission is often made: animal agriculture. This sector of U.S. agriculture contributes more carbon emissions than any other industry, yet it is rarely, if ever, discussed.
These industries’ lobbyists have a stronghold on U.S. politicians, allowing animal agriculture to flourish with few regulations. Every single year, U.S. livestock produce over 335 million tons of waste, and much of this waste ends up in U.S. waterways. The result is polluted drinking water, algae blooms, dead and diseased aquatic wildlife, and a number of dangers to public health. Congress is doing little, if anything, to prevent this steady, continual poisoning of America’s natural resources and people, making it perfectly clear that prosperity and industry are prioritized over environmental preservation and public health.
It is time for this unregulated dumping and poisoning of U.S. water and soil to come to an end. Animal agriculture industries have been allowed to wreak havoc on the environment and public health for the sake of maximizing profit, and Congress has done nothing to stop this from happening. For the sake of our nation’s future, a bill must be passed that will strictly limit the amount of waste these industries may dump and require them to report all of the waste they produce.
Congress must begin to take environmental preservation seriously before there is nothing left to protect, and nothing left to profit from. I urge you to act on this matter quickly.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Socially Responsible Agriculture Project