The world needs to ‘drastically reduce’ its consumption of animal products in order to slow climate change, an Australian MP has warned.
Mark Pearson, who was the first politician elected to parliament on the basis of animal protection, and second in the world, made the comment in an exclusive interview with Plant Based News.
‘Predominantly vegan diet’
When asked what future policies he’d like to see in place relating to animal agriculture, Pearson said: “The main issue I’ll be pushing in New South Wales Parliament is that we need to move to a predominantly vegan diet.
“Last year, a report commissioned by the UN and released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, stated explicitly that in order to curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change, the world needs to drastically reduce our consumption of animal products.
“Animal agriculture, therefore, should be looked at as one the main causes of climate change, and even if people aren’t interested in animal welfare or animal rights, I’ll be pushing for our government to send a clear message that we have to move away from animal agriculture and toward a plant-based diet in order to save the planet from global warming.”
In the upcoming interview, the MP also talks about his preview achievements, which include being involved in convincing Russia to ban the imports of kangaroo meat and establishing and chaired a committee that looked into animal cruelty laws in NSW.
“These laws are over 40 years old and desperately need amending to meet growing community understanding of animal sentience and expectations about animal welfare,” Pearson added.