December 1, 2014
Canadian Political Parties Encouraged to Address Serious Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Climate Change
Humane Society International/Canada is calling on the Canadian delegation to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to work with other nations to combat human-induced climate change by addressing the significant impacts of animal agriculture on the environment.
HSI/Canada campaign manager, Gabriel Wildgen stated:
“We urge the Canadian delegation to address the staggering impact of animal agriculture on the environment. This sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced emissions, a number that is projected to grow substantially by 2050.
We are calling on the Canadian government and all nations around the world to take action toward filling research gaps and to work to understand and quantify the animal agriculture sector’s impacts on climate change. We further implore all parties to explore the benefits of good animal welfare practices on environmental goals.
We encourage all Canadian federal parties to develop strong policies on this issue and to send delegates to all future international conventions tackling this critical issue. While individuals can reduce their carbon footprint by lowering consumption of animal products, it will take policy changes to create the necessary impacts on climate change.”
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