Since 2012, Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries has been secretly using spy drones to investigate and expose the environmental devastation caused by factory farms. In this investigation, the drones capture shocking aerial video footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods.
I am so tired of seeing climate change and environmental discussions that don’t even mention animal agriculture. No matter which numbers you ascribe to, it is a major contributor (if not THE major contributor) to environmental destruction and climate change and I am so tired that we have to keep repeating ourselves here.
“The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.”
— World Watch Institute
Had a tiny existential crisis whilst eating watermelon today. began to think about how in the olden days u could only have certain fruits in their respective seasons, and now u can p much have any fruit at any time u want bc of pesticides and gmos like that can’t be a sustainable way of life my guy ??? and my mom goes “hey what r u thinkin about” cus i hadn’t talked in like 4 minutes and i was like “nothing”
There is no such thing as a non-vegan environmentalist.
What you see above are aerial photographs of large feedlots and massive lagoons of waste. British artist Mishka Henner accidentally captured these aerial photographs that show the results of industrial beef farming. At first glance you may think it as abstract photography because of the geometric and vibrant images, or may even resemble open infected wounds, as you start to look closely however, you’ll see the details of the feedlots. The small black dots are only a small portion out of the billions of animals bred to become food. “While I was working on that series I was looking intensely at the American landscape, and that’s when I came across these really strange-looking structures, like a big lagoon, or all these dots that look like microbes,” Henner says. The massive waste lagoons waft up dangerous hydrogen sulfide fumes and contaminate groundwater with nitrates and antibiotics. Feedlots use large amounts of energy and water and saturate the air with odors that emit huge quantities of climate changing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is extremely damaging on the environment. “To me, as somebody in the U.K., looking at something [like] the feedlots I was shocked on a very personal level,” Henner says. “I think what the feedlots represent is a certain logic about how culture and society have evolved. On one level it’s absolutely terrifying, that this is what we’ve become. They’re not just feedlots. They’re how we are.”
Saying “well I enjoy eating meat, so I’m going to keep doing it no matter what” is the most mind-bogglingly ignorant statement. The world doesn’t give a single fuck about what you find enjoyable. If something that you enjoy doing causes massive environmental destruction, drives climate change, puts sentient animals through unimaginable suffering, denies people adequate food, and is ultimately bad for you, then you need to fucking stop doing it.
I don’t give a shit how toe-curlingly good you think steak tastes. Your pleasure does not come before the safety and health of billions of other animals and humans.
I often hear sentiments expressed to the effect that the world would be much better off if people just died or that the world needs to cleanse itself or people…To even make such a comment indicates that one has to be in a fairly privileged position in society where one is not faced with death on a regular basis. It also assumes that all people are equally responsible for massive environmental destruction, rather than facing the fact that it is people in positions of institutionalized power who are killing the earth to further their own economic interests. It is racist and imperialistic to look at people who are dying now from environmental degradation and say that it is a good thing that the earth is cleansing itself
Andy Smith, Ecofeminism through an Anticolonial Framework