Are Vegans right? Do animals have rights?
This is the Pod Cast from BBC Farming Today on 14th January, 2019. Presented by Charlotte Smith.
One third of the UK population are now Vegan or Vegetarian. Why? Is it because they think animals have rights?
Just to clear up the earlier issues on this pod cast of Agriculture producing 88% of ammonia emission pollution. This is coming from untreated slurry.
With the HH-2 technology, or HH-1 for large scale low emissions treatment of animal waste, as described on this web site there are no ammonia emissions.
Starting at 3.20 minutes. Following a plant based diet is a growing trend and an opportunity for UK food producers.
at 8.36 minutes…it is 95% of farm animals that are kept in indoor conditions….why does Charlotte Smith think that presenting the facts …is ‘an antagonistic approach’. Surely this is just presenting the facts.
at 9.17 If animals have any rights…then they must have the right to live. This is obviously the ultimate right. You cannot say animals want to die at the time of slaughter. No animal goes to slaughter willingly. Do they? Has this ever been seen?
Therefore the free practise of slaughtering animals means that animals have no rights.
at 8.58 People are eating far less meat than they used to……This is because there have been so many world broadcasts advising the public that “we must eat less meat” from so many different departments in so many different countries. Especially from the climate change experts who are advising that “we must eat less meat to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” It is a known fact that more CO2 is released from bad agricultural practises than from any other industry.
If we want to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the effects of climate change then we must listen to the experts. As far as we can see from over 22 years research into these issues the two worst things for the planet are the massive illegal deforestation programmes, like in the Amazon and the rearing of animals for meat. We have been bombarded with statistics that tell us how inefficient meat production is compared with grains, fruits and vegetables on the same land for human consumption. So if we actually want to progress on the path of “sustainability” which many are calling the “final frontier”, we must adopt a diet that is less harmful to the planet if we are to avert such disastrous climate change and food shortages.
At the present time there are 20 million people threatened with starvation in Africa, 11 million children threatened with pneumonia because their immune system is depleted. The answer is not to clear away all the trees and start farming animals for meat. This is a gross false economy which exhausts the soil and impoverishes human civilisation.
ADDITION FROM BBC WORLD NEWS 17th January 2019
International experts are now saying that unless we cut our meat consumption to at least half by 2050 and double our consumption of fruit and veg we will not be able to feed the world in a sustainable way.
The case for Veganism could be a very lucrative way forward both commercially and environmentally.