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From 27 June 2004 Issue

Worldwatch Institute Breakthrough on Meat!

An area of RPA's work we have said little about involves explaining to environmentalists, conservationists, and their organizations why protecting ecosystems and the human environment requires responsible policies for all animals, not just attention to endangered species as has been their main concern. Some of RPA's work in this area to date:

-- Articles in The Sylvanian: Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter Newsletter (Fall 2003) and Threshold: The Movement Magazine of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (Spring 2004) about RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to end university animal-agribusiness programs.

-- RPA Factsheet #3, Why Environmentalists Should Support Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough Campaign. (See www.RPAforAll.org.)

-- Presentations, media interviews, and lletters-to-the-editor in which we've explained benefits for people and ecosystems of the 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign and RPA's This Land Is Their Land campaign to protect wildlife.

A breakthrough involving a respected environmental organization has occurred in recent days: The editors of the Worldwatch Institute's World-Watch magazine acknowledge in the July/August 2004 issue that Earth's ecosystems cannot sustain today's meat industry much longer.

Animal organizations have explained ecological problems with the egg, milk, and meat industries for many years. Richard Schwartz -- president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, on whose Board of Advisors I serve -- is quoted in the World-Watch article, as are world-renowned animal advocate Jane Goodall, Beyond Beef and Biosphere Politics author Jeremy Rifkin, and others.

The World-Watch article is titled "Now, It's Not Personal! But Like It or Not, Meat-Eating Is Becoming a Problem for Everyone on the Planet." Please take a moment to send a brief note thanking the editors for this important article:

Editors
World-Watch
Worldwatch Institute
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
edayres@worldwatch.org 

Consider mentioning (1) it is easy to change our food choices, and protecting animals, ecosystems, and Earth's food-producing capacity is plenty of reason to do so, and (2) their publicizing the meat problem is a crucial public service and will enhance the Institute's reputation for objectivity. (Some organizations fail to tell the whole truth for fear of criticism for explaining the significance of scientific findings rather than only reporting the findings.)

Of course, please pass this message along to others who may be interested.

Thanks and best wishes!

David Cantor
Executive Director
Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.
P.O. Box 891
Glenside, PA 19038
215-886-RPA1
RPA4all@aol.com 
www.RPAforAll.org 

Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization showing influential people how to establish responsible policies for animals that are also responsible policies for ecosystems and people. RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign aims to end the teaching of factory farming and animal agribusiness at U.S. universities. Its This Land Is Their Land campaign aims to protect wildlife by ending direct abuses and human land-use practices that harm wildlife, ecosystems, and people.

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