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1. World’s largest polluter
2. Responsible for up to 51% of all greenhouse gases
Livestock produce more greenhouse gases than all the world’s vehicles combined. Methane (cow farts) from livestock is 86 times more destructive than CO2 from vehicles1.
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3. Leading cause of rainforest destruction
Trees are needed to reduce the harmful effects of climate change. When these trees are cut down they release 100s of years worth of stored carbon. 91% of Amazon destruction has been for animal agriculture1.
The USDA recently announced the reopening of the Brazilian market to US beef exports. This will encourage further demand for burning down essential rainforest habitats for the production of imported beef.
4. Leading cause of species extinction
With habitat loss 100 species go extinct everyday1.
5. Leading cause of ocean dead-zones
¾ of all fisheries are depleted from over fishing1.
6. Leading cause of water pollution
7. 1 billion people go hungry everyday while almost 50% of the world’s grain is fed to livestock
If everyone went vegetarian perhaps we could end world hunger.
8. 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are for livestock
The constant overuse and abuse of antibiotics within farmed animals has caused several strains of bacteria to become resistant and a British study2 shows that by 2050, antibiotic resistance could become even more deadly than cancer – with more than 10 million victims a year. Overuse of antibiotics and pollution results in poor air and water quality
9. Over 30% of all water consumed on earth is for animal agriculture
10. Factory farming accounts for more than 99% of all farmed animals raised and slaughtered in the US3
Industrial farming is inhumane and a leading cause of climate change. Factory farms raise 99.9% of chickens for meat, 97% of laying hens, 99% of turkeys, 95% of pigs, and 78% of cattle currently sold in the United States.