The primary problem is conciousness and empathy; ecological collapse is primarily due to egocentric thinking and entitlement as supreme beings on the planet. This isn't a "meat industry" problem. This is a disconnected, animal usery based society problem.
So excited to see an actual conservation advocacy group taking this issue seriously. The Center for Biological Diversity have followed the meat-industry-is-the-problem bandwagon in dipping their toe in the water to see how their membership is going to respond to getting real about what must be done on behalf of biodiversity. Although, we want to make it clear that, "meat" which has been the focus of thier survey, is not the primary problem they must really take on.
The primary problem is conciousness and empathy; ecological collapse is primarily due to egocentric thinking and entitlement as supreme beings on the planet. "Meat", to too many people, actually means: "Steak" or "cow" not "fish", not "chicken". If I had a dollar for everytime someone said to me "I'm a vegetarian" while they were continuing to consume chicken and fish, or how many people I've said "I'm vegan - I eat plant products" and people ask "Do you eat fish?" "Do you eat chicken?" or have had someone in a restaurant serve me chicken, cheese or eggs, we'd be already funded to deliver some serious educational campaigns across this country.
Furthermore, the first thing that happens when people quit "meat" is they replace it with "eggs, milk, cheese and yogurt (goat or cow)" etc. due to the pervasive livestock industry programming that "protein = animal products", in an attempt to solve the problem. Eating more eggs and diary will not solve the myriad of problems we are facing with the animal-based agriculture. This isn't a "meat industry" problem. This is a disconnected, animal usery based society problem based on old ignorance and a current denial that there are over 7 billion humans still inefficiently and polluting by living on animals with their cities, cars and freeways to support their culture. This path will maintain an insane system driving ecological collapse.
Thank you to the Center for Biological Diversity for your campiagn "Take the Exinction Off Your Plate", and kindly make the subtle yet profoundly significant changes language changes to move to speaking about this in terms of "livestock and animal agriculture" instead of "meat". The vegan community has been begging environmental organizations to get on board with addressing the most salient solution to our global crisis at human population 7 billion and growing that is literally driving our biodiversity extinction and ecological collapse and especially for the 70 billion land animals and trillions of sea animals being unnecessarily and unsustainably slaughtered every year and continues to increase with our population. Please make an unequivocal declaration that a stock free plant-based agriculture and diet is the solution that can reverse the crisis we are currently spiralling in.
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