According to Metro, members of the Danish Parliament are taking a 22-day vegan challenge to highlight the damage animal agriculture does to the planet. Politicians from both the Alternative and Red-Green Alliance parties will participate.
Metro quotes Red-Green Alliance’s environmental secretary, Maria Gjerding:
“Going vegan for 22 days is not going the save the world in itself, but it’s a great opportunity to put focus on Western consumption of animal products and the environmental and animal welfare problems it causes.”
This isn’t the first time politicians have ditched meat to make a statement. Earlier this year, Germany’s federal minister for the environment banned all meat from official government functions as a step toward combating climate change.
Ditching animal products is a great way to fight climate change. In fact, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with beef and milk production as the leading culprits. Additionally, a 2015 report by U.K.-based think tank Chatham House suggests governments take action and lead the way by warding off animal products.
Meat consumption is not only terrible for the planet but also incredibly cruel. Pigs, cows, chickens, and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, violent deaths.
Thankfully, by switching to a vegan diet you can save the planet and animals!
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