Monday, June 29, 2009

Saving lives

If you're a person thinking of having another child, you might want to factor into your decision making the knowledge that, unless you are planning to raise your child on a strictly vegetarian diet, and unless they plan to continue with that vegetarian diet through their on adulthood, tens of thousands of fish, fowl and mamals will be killed in order to feed that child, and indirectly just as many will be killed by the resources diverted to sustain and comfort that child - from the plastic products that end up in the ocean instead of in landfill and choke seabirds and sea mammals, to the habitat loss incurred as wood and electricity and palm oil and coffee and oil are chanelled towards he/she (multiply by the X million human babies born each years) and with it the consequent extinction or near extinction of entire species, and the diminishing of the bauty of bio-diversity, and the creation of sterile environments where only humans, domesticated animals and the "pests" we cannot eliminate - rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches etc. - cohabit.

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