…what really matters?

Owning a home, personal success, happiness, health and wealth are all very important, but they are not everything.

The human race shares the planet with an estimated 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 species of animals and some 3.5 trillion fish in the oceans.

MASS EXTINCTION

According to the World Wildlife Fund over the last forty years, we have managed to wipe out about half the world’s wildlife and about half the world’s marine vertebrate population.

CLIMATE CHANGE

For those who worry about the environment, did you know that the meat and dairy industry is on track to SURPASS the oil industry as the world’s biggest contributor to climate change. That is almost entirely due to industrial scale FACTORY FARMING of animals. In fact, studies show time and time again that dropping meat and dairy from your diet is the BEST thing you can do to help combat climate change!

CALL TO ACTION

If you love animals (as most North Americans do), then we urge you to pay attention to these very alarming trends –for once the fish and animals are gone, we will surely follow.

What can you do to help?

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

The biggest single thing you can do as an individual to help with climate change is to stop eating meat (or at least cut back as much as possible). Factory farming of animals is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

Ditch dairy for good. Most people are lactose intolerant (as they are not baby cows) and there are many excellent milk and cheese substitutes available which cause no allergic reactions or side effects.

Stop eating fish. Most seafood (including fish oil in a capsule) is poisoned with mercury, chlordane, dioxins and PCBs, (courtesy of industrial dumping). There are alternatives to getting Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids such as hemp seeds.

Don’t wear real fur. Animals killed for their fur suffer a lot. There are many excellent fur alternatives and even “faux fur” if you want the look without the cruelty.

 

SUPPORT WORTHWHILE GROUPS:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals www.peta.org

Mercy for Animals www.mercyforanimals.org

Sea Shepherd Society www.seashepherd.org

Association for the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals www.thefurbearers.com

 

SUGGESTED READING:

Animal Liberation (Peter Singer)

Diet for a New America (John Robbins)

Can One Make a Difference – How Simple Actions can Change the World (Ingrid Newkirk)

Mercy for Animals – One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals (Nathan Runkle)

We will henceforth, make a donation to one of the foregoing groups on every file we open for our clients. If you have a pet, email us a photo of your cuddly friend (plc@pazderlaw.com) and join the #PLCPetGallery. Ever photo equates to a mini-donation.