British Vets Association says vets should encourage people to eat less meat, cheese and other animal-derived products
What's the issue?
Global consumption of animal-derived food is expected to double by 2050. There is increasing recognition that animal agriculture can be a significant contributor to environmental degradation, climate change, habitat loss, and waste. Changes in animal production and farming practices are necessary to increase the efficiency of agriculture and mitigate its environmental impact.
Safeguarding the health and welfare of sentient animals is an important marker of social progress and has a key role in achieving other sustainability objectives. However, achieving good animal welfare is not always promoted as a policy objective in the sustainable development agenda.
The veterinary profession has a key part to play in advancing the roles and status of animals within the sustainability debate.