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
-- 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
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:
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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
Thanks and best wishes!
Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.
P.O. Box 891
Glenside, PA 19038
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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