The status of animals like wolves and bears is endangered when people are eating meat according to a new campaign launched by the Center for Biological Diversity called “Take Extinction Off Your Plate”.
Orana Wildlife Park feeding lions. Image © wikimedia
There is a connection between eating meat and the endangered status of animals because building meat production is one of the main causes of environmental degradation globally, driving important predators and wild grazing animals to their permanent death.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity “Production of beef, poultry, pork and other meats tripled between 1980 and 2010 and will likely double again by 2020,” explains the Center for Biological Diversity. “This ever-increasing meat consumption in a world of more than 7 billion people is already taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate. Wolves, elk, prairie dogs, and numerous other wild animals pay the price of meat production.”