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World Leaders Urged to Reduce Global Meat and Dairy Consumption

News Section Icon Published 05/05/2022

Today (5th May), Compassion in World Farming submitted a petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the Prime Minister to introduce policies that will reduce the quantity of meat and dairy consumed in order to help drive down rising global temperatures.

Over 53, 000 people signed the petition urging leaders of the top meat-eating countries and regions to implement change and shrink their country’s consumption of meat and dairy products, in order to reduce greenhouse gasses (GHGs) emitted by the livestock sector. As well as delivering the petition, in-person, to No.10, it has also been sent to the leaders of America, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, the EU, South Korea, China, South Africa and Japan.

86 billion animals are farmed each year, with the majority being kept in intensive systems. Yet, despite last year’s COP26 recognising that drastic action is needed to avert a climate catastrophe, the fact that the livestock sector is responsible for 14.5% of global GHGs – more than all direct emissions from the transport sector – animal farming is still largely absent from the policy solutions for addressing this global problem. The important role that livestock play in the climate emergency is highlighted in Compassion’s report – Breaking the Taboo: Why Diets Must Change to Tackle the Climate Emergency – which shows that, to avert a climate catastrophe, global meat and dairy consumption must be dramatically reduced.

Governments must act now to secure a better future for people, farmed animals, wildlife, and the planet.

 “Our global leaders cannot continue to bury their heads in the sand,” says Sarah Moyes, Senior Campaigns Manager at Compassion in World Farming. “Livestock emissions play a significant role in the current climate emergency, yet this has been virtually overlooked by world leaders.

“We must drastically reduce our total global meat and dairy consumption, so we’ve addressed our petition to leaders of top meat-consuming countries or regions. It’s critical these world leaders act to bring forward a meat and dairy reduction and support a shift to nature-friendly, higher welfare farming, as a matter of urgency. 

“Factory farming is significantly contributing to one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time and leaders of those countries where meat consumption is particularly high, must play their part to ensure we meet the Paris Agreement targets. We must turn up the heat on world leaders to keep the global temperature down!”

For further information or to arrange an interview contact Compassion in World Farming’s Media Team: 01483 521 615

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