02 Aug '14, 8pm

Why #animal welfare is a "#green" issue - #environment

Why #animal welfare is a "#green" issue - #environment

Environmentalists love animals, the more exotic, the better. You can find environmental organizations dedicated to the protection of pandas , polar bears, sea turtles and birds . Elephants and whales , too. Pigs, chickens and cows? Not so much. But the way we treat animals in agriculture has profound environmental implications. And the group doing the most to change that is not a green group at all but the Humane Society of the United States . I recently interviewed Wayne Pacelle, the HSUS’s president and CEO, about the environmental impact of the animal welfare movement for the website Yale Environment 360 . In the interview , Pacelle makes the point that crowding pigs, chickens and cows into so-called factory farms inevitably creates environmental problems, particularly around waste disposal. So, of course, does the sheer number of animals we raise for meat–about 9 billi...

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