Day 7: Sustainable Sunday
Don't forget to tag #WildlifeWeek on social media.
You made it! By eating plant-based meals this week you've taken a bite out of the environmental destruction caused by meat production. Animal agriculture is responsible for at least 14.5 percent of global greenhouses gas emissions, enormous amounts of manure, water and air pollution, habitat loss and targeted killing of wildlife. Check out our Extinction Facts campaign to learn more.
- Watch the Center for Biological Diversity’s video on Wildlife Service’s Predator Control Programs and share on social media.
- Find Your Wolf Pack: Find a few friends to celebrate Wildlife Week with. Strike your best wolf poses, let out a howl, and post a picture to Instagram. Alternatively, look for wolf-themed art and show us your find.
- Eat: Finish Strong.You’ve made it through a whole week of wildlife facts and meat-free motivation. Share your week's experience with others so that as Wildlife Week concludes, we can continue to take extinction off campus plates across the country.
- Act: Protect your mascot. Check out our Campus Wild Pledge to Protect Your Mascot. For more information, write to us at EarthFriendlyDiet@biologicaldiversity.org.
Today's featured recipes: Plant-based for Predators
Featured Wildlife: Mexican Gray Wolves
Mexican gray wolves are one of the most endangered mammals in North America. In 2014 only 110 Mexican gray wolves remained in the wild in the Southwest. Between 1915 and 1972, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service poisoned and trapped almost every single wild Mexican gray wolf. Seven surviving wolves were successfully captured and bred to stave off extinction, leading to reintroduction in Arizona and New Mexico beginning in 1998. Since then the livestock industry has repeatedly urged the government to trap or kill the remaining wild Mexican wolves.
In January 2015 the Mexican gray wolf was confirmed as a protected subspecies of wolf under the Endangered Species Act; despite this the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has continued to kill Mexican gray wolves and issue permits to livestock owners to kill Mexican wolves, including even wolves not accused of preying on livestock. As a result the major threat to a federally protected endangered species is actually a federal predator “control" program.
- Federal trapping and shooting
- Illegal killing
- Inbreeding caused by paucity of wolf releases to the wild (in deference to livestock industry objections)
Key Threat From Meat Production: Wildlife-killing Government Programs
Wild animals suffer not only the collateral damage of meat-related deforestation, drought, pollution and climate change, but also the direct and targeted killing by the meat industry and its allies. All too often the interests of the livestock industry are given precedence over wild grazing animals and native predators in their natural habitats. Wildlife Services (a federal killing program housed within the U.S. Department of Agriculture) uses taxpayer dollars to shoot, trap and kill millions of wild animals every year at the behest of commercial ranchers who want to use the land.
Wildlife Services kills millions of native animals every year with minimal oversight and without transparently disclosing its activities to the public. Ranchers are often permitted to kill animals they perceive as threats to livestock. These wildlife-killing programs are largely employed at the behest of the livestock industry, despite being publicly funded, and even when the wild animals are on federal lands. As a result, a number of predators are in danger of extinction.