Counting on ….day 1.065

8th March 2023

34% of the world’s mammals (by weight – biomass) are humans, 4% are wild animals and a staggering 62% are livestock – cows, pigs, sheep etc. ie most of the mammals on earth are there because we are going to eat them. (Of course a small number of those animals will be draught animals and some breeding stock, but equally the numbers don’t include poultry). It would be logical to think that we should be reducing the proportion of livestock we keep so as to maintain space for wild animals – and that would be a boost for biodiversity.

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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