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November 24, 2010

HSI at COP16

Calling on policy makers to mitigate animal agriculture’s impact on climate change

Humane Society International

  • Manure lagoons are one source of pollution. Brent Melton/istock

The animal agriculture sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, responsible for an estimated 18 percent of anthropogenic emissions, measured in carbon dioxide equivalent. Practically every stage of meat, egg, and dairy production exacerbates the climate crisis by releasing GHGs into the atmosphere or by reducing sink absorption. Preventing climate change and mitigating its impacts require immediate changes in farm animal production and consumption patterns.

HSI at COP16

Humane Society International, in partnership with the World Society for the Protection of Animals and Compassion in World Farming, will present recommendations for mitigating animal agriculture’s impact on climate change at the United Nations Climate Change Conference from November 29 to December 10, 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.

In addition to an exhibit booth at COP16 where participants can find information about animal agriculture’s contribution to the climate crisis and learn about sustainable and equitable mitigation options in this sector, HSI and its partners will be hosting a panel titled “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Policies for Animal Agriculture” at the Agriculture and Rural Development Day going on in conjunction with COP16 on December 4.

You can help

Eating more humanely helps not only animals, but the environment as well. Read about humane eating and try out some of our Latin American, Chinese or other recipes. Then, learn about our campaigns against factory farming in India, BrazilCanada, Mexico and the United States