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Presentation by Nick Pendergrast at the Cruelty Free Festival in Perth organised by Animal Rights Advocates Inc.

Presentation by Nick Pendergrast at the Cruelty Free Festival in Perth organised by Animal Rights Advocates Inc.

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    • FOOD & SOCIAL JUSTICE: HOW WHAT WE EATCAN BENEFIT PEOPLE, ANIMALS AND THEENVIRONMENTNick Pendergrast
    • Plant-based foods are better for the ANIMALS
    • PLANT-BASED FOODS BENEFIT ANIMALS Nearly everyone is opposed to “unnecessary suffering” to animals. Do we need to eat animal products? Uproar: Not Your Typical TreeHugger
    • THE AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION „Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and … appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.‟ American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets
    • BUT DO “HUMANE” ANIMAL PRODUCTS INVOLVESUFFERING? Humane Myth Peaceful Prairie: The Free-Range Myth
    • UNNECESSARY SUFFERING Less unnecessary suffering is still unnecessary suffering. Oppose unnecessary suffering = avoid animal products.
    • But what are you doing for PEOPLE?
    • SHOULDN’T WE HELP HUMANS FIRST? Sympathetic about animal suffering but too busy helping people? Still have time to eat. Doesn‟t take time away from helping people. „There is nothing to stop those who devote their time and energy to human problems from joining the boycott of the products of agribusiness cruelty‟ (Peter Singer).
    • ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND SLAUGHTERHOUSES All animal products = slaughterhouses. My interview with a slaughterhouse worker:  Injuries to workers were common.  Physical fights amongst the workers.  Drug use and abuse, during and after work.  Emotional harm to workers eg “haunted” by the experience. Nick Pendergrast: The Silence of the Lambs
    • NOT AN “ISOLATED EXAMPLE” STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR & MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY  Slaughterhouse employment increases:  total arrest rates;  arrests for violent crimes;  arrests for rape;  arrests for other sex offenses.  Unique to the violent workplace of theSlaughterhouses and Increased Crime Rates slaughterhouse.
    • What about theENVIRONMENT?
    • DVD - EATING  Health-focussed.  Covers environmental and animal issues.  U.S.-centric.  1.10.25-1.13.35
    • LIVESTOCK’S LONG SHADOW - UN  „The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.‟ Livestock’s Long Shadow
    • MORE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT THAN ALLFORMS OF TRANSPORT  „Thinking of helping the planet by buying an eco- friendly car? You could do more by going vegan, say Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin of the University of Chicago.‟  Standard diet: nearly 1500 kilograms more carbon dioxide per person per year than a vegan diet. It’s Better to Green Your Diet than Your
    • ANIMAL AGRICULTURE & GREENHOUSE GASES United Nations: 18% greenhouse gases. World Watch Institute: 51% greenhouse gases. „A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products‟ (UN Report). Vegan diet has the least impact on the planet: „A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.‟ Sources: UN Urges Global Move to Meat and Dairy-Free Diet
    • GRAIN – ANIMALS RATHER THAN PEOPLE The world‟s cattle alone consume enough food to feed 8.7 billion people – more than the entire human population. Causing poverty? Problem of distribution. Animal agriculture is inefficient: It requires about 6 kg of plant protein to produce 1 kg of animal protein. A “standard Western” diet requires over 907 kg of grain per person per year, whereas the typical plant- based diet requires less than 205 kg. More efficient to consume plant-based foods directly. Eating Up the World
    • WATER: A MAJOR PROBLEM FORAUSTRALIA  How do we solve the water problem?
    • WATER USE – DIET AND HOUSEHOLD USE Eating Up the World
    • WATER USE FOR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS Eating Up the World
    • WHAT ABOUT THE OCEANS? „There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study‟ (BBC News).‘Only 50 Years Left’ for Sea Fish
    • FOOD AND THE OCEANS Seafood. „Pigs and poultry around the world consume more than double the seafood eaten by Japanese consumers and six times the amount consumed by the U.S. market.‟Oceans being Killed Off to FeedLivestock, Farmed Fish
    • SUMMARY Plant-based foods:  For the animals (oppose unnecessary suffering).  For people (avoid the violence of slaughterhouses).  For the environment (animal agriculture has a much higher impact on the environment). For all of these issues, the problem is animal products, not just meat.
    • VEGANPERTH.ORG.AU
    • FURTHER QUESTIONS/INFO 2.10-3: Talk – „How to Live a Healthy, Cruelty Free Lifestyle‟ by Nick Pendergrast. Veganperth.org.au Further information: Find ARA on Facebook, search: Animal Rights Advocates Inc. nick@ara.org.au