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Blog Action Day

Bloggers Unite - Blog Action DayIt is Blog Action Day and the topic is the environment. I suppose the question is: what does this have to do with animal rights? My answer is: everything.

Animal rights starts for me with the most basic right: the right to live. People, animals, whatever species, we should have the right to live, unquestionably. That means not purposefully killing us for any reason. Not if we’re a “nuisance”, a “pest”, “unwanted”, or “tasty.”

This means not poisoning us. This means not destroying our habitat. This means protecting the environment, and thus the inhabitants of the earth. This means avoiding causing harm.

Humans have altered the earth and its populations and ecosystems in almost unimaginable ways. We have altered the paths of waterways, as well as their existence. We have removed vast populations from large regions of the earth. We have created substances that nature had never seen before, and we have distributed them so widely that it is believed by scientists who study these things that there is not a single organism on the planet Earth that does not have plastic incorporated into their individual environments on some level. Plankton in Antartica have been found to have plastic molecules in them.

When we contribute to the pollution and consumption of the Earth, when we cause harm to the environment, we are putting pressure on the most basic right of all Earthlings – the right to live.

The environment and animal rights are so intrinsically linked together that contributing to the industries that are in the business of raising and slaughtering animals for consumption cause the immediate environmental degradation of the surrounding area. The air, water, and land is polluted. Property values lower, health aliments increase. So much methane is added to the atmosphere that even the U.N. has finally admitted that animal agriculture has a major impact on the global climate. Methane, as we all should know, does not last as long as carbon in the atmosphere, degrading after about 10 years, but while it is up there, it has a 100 times greater impact on the issue of global warming, depending on how you calculate it.

Care about the environment? Care about animals? The answers are the same. Go vegan. Change your consumption, your carbon footprint, your habits.

It isn’t as difficult to make changes as we imagine. Certainly going vegan, while somewhat challenging in the beginning, is easier than learning to live with the major lifestyle changes that will be forced on us as the global climate changes drastically. Giving up some paper products, driving less, buying local produce, reducing our consumption (of plastic especially), reusing and recycling as much as we can, these are all minor changes in the grand scheme of things. If we haven’t passed the tipping points for the major changes in the global climate already, we’re within ten years of triggering them, some scientists believe. They could be wrong. The easiest and smartest option for every Earthling is to play it safe. Go vegan. Change your consumption, your carbon footprint, your habits. And maybe we’ll survive what we’ve done to the Earth.

sheep at ps


6 responses to “Blog Action Day

  1. Mary Martin October 16, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Wow. That’s really powerful.
    Sheep rock.
    Almost as much as those damn cute goats.

  2. Bluebeetle(one) October 16, 2007 at 8:58 am

    If even if I won’t go so far – becoming a vegetarian -, I sincerely share your fears about what we destroy for our industry & modern life.

    It’s time to reconsider this before it’s too late…


    Ps: nice website design, I like it!

  3. Deb October 16, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Bluebeetle, I wish I knew French well enough to read your post. Let me know if you have an English translation.

    Mary, thanks! The sheep are adorable and some of them even like attention as much as the goats. 🙂

  4. rich October 16, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Deb: On the top right of his page is a translator button. It is not perfect but clear enough. It is a great post he wrote.
    Your post is awesome and says the obvious the best way to save the planet is to go vegan. Screw walking, hybrids, mass transit, green buildings, vegan is the way to save the planet. I think it was Captain Paul Watson who said and backed it up, that a vegan driving a Hummer gives off less pollution in a year than an omnivore riding a bicycle.
    Something we should all think about.

  5. Deb October 16, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Rich, based on the translations I’ve seen from German to English, I don’t trust the automatic translations at all, and for something like this, I would want to know exactly what was meant, not just a gross translation.

    And while yeah, going vegan is something that should be integral to an environmentalists view, I don’t think that we should ignore the other things either. After all, even if we were all vegan, there would still be too much oil, pesticides, water, and a variety of other things being used. It should start with veganism (or at least incorporate veganism) but it shouldn’t end there.

    However, regarding the hummer and veganism, I’ve heard that as well. I think you are right that it was Paul Watson saying it. Found an article by him with that quote, but it didn’t have anything backing it up. Probably wouldn’t be too hard to figure out, and it is a good article anyway. He’s an environmental activist who sees veganism and animal advocacy as an integral part of environmental work.

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