By the time you've finished reading this 133,181 animals [1] will have been killed, and 13,500 [2] tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will have been produced globally by the animal agriculture sector.

As well as causing the deaths of billions of animals through slaughter, animal agriculture is a leading driver of habitat destruction, global deforestation, and the second largest contributor to human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Conservative estimates place animal agriculture’s contribution to global GHG emissions at 14.5% [3] 



that’s more than all the world’s transport combined. Others have put the figure as high as 51% [4] .

Despite these warnings, animal agriculture’s impact on climate and environmental breakdown has been neglected, and the sector allow to carry on with ‘business as usual’ - so much so that the exploitation of animals for meat is set to double by 2050 [5]
But ‘business as usual’ is a serious threat to life – it would jeopardise the wellbeing of current and future generations, and mean a certain, violent death for the trillions of cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and other land animals raised for meat, milk or eggs. We cannot allow this to happen.

We need change - for the animals, for the planet, for our future. 


We need a food sector that can respond to the climate emergency, but the government has failed to act. Current agricultural policy encourages the growth of ever more, and larger, intensive farms, with tens of millions of pounds paid out each year to industrial-scale factory farms [6]. This includes mega-dairies, mega poultry farms, intensive caged egg producers, and feedlot-style units raising thousands of cattle in outdoor yards - some of which have been found guilty of pollution and animal health breaches.
The government’s continued support for animal agriculture allows the industry to maintain, drive and profit from consumption patterns that are destroying our natural world.
They’re dining on destruction. But the bill must now be paid.



Addressing animal agriculture’s deep environmental impacts should be one of the leading focuses in any response to the climate crisis, and there is an urgent need to act.

To avoid the worst effects of climate breakdown and help the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2025, we call on government to lead the way in transitioning from animal agriculture to a just and sustainable plant-based food system.



In the UK, our climate provides perfect growing conditions for a diverse range of plant proteins - including beans, peas, pulses, seeds, wheat and oats. 


Growing these crops for direct human consumption would have a much lower climate impact, free up land, and boost biodiversity, helping us sustainably feed a growing population [7]. Many are also responding to animal and environmental injustices by reducing or eliminating animal products from their diets. A plant-based future must be supported and incentivised.




Join us on September 12th outside Defra, London, to demand government action!


Through protest and creative theatre, The Save Movement, Animal Rebellion and Animal Justice Project will highlight the global injustice caused by animal agriculture's supporters and profiteers, and call for a transition to a sustainable and just plant-based food system.


Join the rebellion!

On October 7th, thousands of animal and environmental advocates will occupy Smithfield Market in London - the biggest meat market in the UK, and one of the biggest in Europe - to demand change.
We need you! Action is urgently needed. Find out how you can volunteer and take part.

[1] Calculated from deaths of cows, chickens, goats, pigs and sheep based on the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization's statistics for 2016. Sanders, B. (2018). ‘Global animal slaughter statistics and charts’. Faunalytics, 10 October. Available online:

[2] Calculated from FAO’s statistics on annual GHG emissions. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) (2013). Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities. Rome, Italy. Available online:

[3] Ibid

[4] Goodland, R. & Anhang, J. (2009). Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are... cows, pigs, and chickens? World Watch. New York.

[5] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (2006). Livestock’s long shadow: Environmental issues and options. Rome, Italy. Available online: 

[6] Wasley, A. & Heal, A. (2018). ‘Revealed: US-style industrial farms receive millions in subsidies’. The Guardian, 28 December. Available online:

[7] Speranza, A. & Marques-Brocksopp, L. (2015). Grow green: Tackling climate change through plant protein agriculture. The Vegan Society. Birmingham. Available online:

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