The investigation shows impact of Amazon rain forest deforestation


The investigation shows impact of Amazon rain forest deforestation

10 October 2019
Animal Equality
In September 2019, Animal Equality Brazil sent investigators to Northern Brazil to document the increased deforestation of the Amazon rain forest and its connection to animal agriculture.

According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), deforestation in the Amazon grew 50% in 2019 with livestock occupying 80% of the deforested area, according to the 2015 Environmental Report from Brazil’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The footage shows that the devastation of the Amazon rain forest is extreme and far-reaching. Cattle farming is mostly responsible for deforestation, with fires set as the last stage of the process to turn forests into pasture lands or soy plantations. 

On August 10th, a group of farmers set fire to the Amazon rainforest. This action caused a 300% increase of active fire spots in the area and is now known as “Dia do Fogo”( Day of Fire). Immediately after this horrendous act, Animal Equality Brazil launched a campaign encouraging people to reduce or stop eating animal products.

Fires in the Amazon rain forest, which have garnered global attention, are set for agricultural purposes, such as to open space for pasture for cattle and soybean cultivation which will be turned into animal feed for chickens, pigs, and fish. About 79% of the world’s soybeans are used for animal feed and Brazilian soy is the most exported on the planet. Deforestation is not only employed for cattle farming – it’s also done for the growth of soybeans used to feed other farmed animals used for human consumption.

Animal Equality will continue to investigate and expose the truth about the meat industry and its destructive actions impact the environment.

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