New report exposes climate impacts of cruel factory-farmed meat

NEW YORK, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New research, titled, Climate change and cruelty commissioned by a global non-profit animal protection organization, World Animal Protection has revealed the true impact of factory farming on our planet, finding that the continued expansion of factory farming will put the achievement of the goals of the Paris climate agreement and a climate-safe future out of reach.

Every year, more than 80 billion land animals are raised around the world, most of them on cruel factory farms. This research analyzed the carbon footprint of factory farming of chickens and pigs in four of the world’s largest factory farming hotspots (Brazil, China, The Netherlandsand the United States), finding that the emissions from producing the current number of chickens is equivalent to keeping 29 million cars on the road for a year and the emissions from producing pigs is equal to 74 million cars.

The pork and chicken industries are often overlooked as contributors to climate change, with a particular focus on methane emissions from raising cows. These findings offer new insight into the true footprint of industrial agriculture. Growing, processing and transporting crops used for food on factory farms account for about 60% and 40% of global emissions for chickens and pigs, respectively.

The study is the first of its kind to measure how collectively eating less factory-farmed chicken and pork could help protect our climate. In the United States, a 50% reduction in chicken and pork consumption by 2040 would be equivalent to taking 8 million cars off the road for one year.

“Urgent action by the U.S. government and businesses to address climate change is imperative, and these new findings shine a light on a sector that is too often overlooked in climate action plans; industrial pig farming and of chickens,” says Annette Manusevich, agricultural campaign manager with World Animal Protection US. “The results are clear: Eating less factory-farmed chicken and pork has significant benefits, not only for protecting animals from cruelty, but also for protecting the future of our planet.”

World Animal Protection is calling on the US government to stop approving new factory farms by imposing a 10-year moratorium to limit the damage they inflict. A bill currently before Congress, the Farm Systems Reform Act (FSRA), would require the largest factory farms to be phased out by 2040.

Individuals can take action for animals, the climate and their health by reducing their meat consumption now. World Animal Protection’s Meating Halfway journey provides tools and tips, such as recipes and shopping lists, to make swapping animal products for plant-based options accessible and delicious.

World Animal Protection
World Animal Protection is the global voice for animal welfare, with over 70 years of experience campaigning for a world where animals live free from cruelty and suffering. We have offices in 12 countries and work in 47 countries. We work with local communities, the private sector, civil society and governments to improve the lives of animals.

Our goal is to change the way the world works to end animal cruelty and the suffering of wild and farm animals. Through our global food system strategy, we will end factory farming and create a humane, sustainable food system that puts animals first. By transforming the broken systems that fuel exploitation and commodification, we will give wild animals the right to wildlife. Our work to protect animals will play a vital role in solving the climate emergency, the public health crisis and the devastation of natural habitats.

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