Can Congress Act to Block Fungal Threat to U.S. Amphibians?
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There are more than 7 billion people on the planet, and we're adding 227,000 more every day. The toll on wildlife is impossible to miss. Most biologists agree that we're in the midst of the Earth's sixth mass extinction event. This time, it's because of our unsustainable human population growth and overconsumption.
We need to address these issues before it's too late. We can reduce our own population and consumption to an ecologically sustainable level in ways that promote human rights; decrease poverty and overcrowding; raise our standard of living; and allow plants, animals and ecosystems to thrive.
It’s time to talk about our unsustainable population growth, overconsumption and the wildlife extinction crisis.
"There are some animal advocates who say that to maintain that veganism is the moral baseline is objectionable because it is 'judgmental,' or constitutes a judgment that veganism is morally preferable to vegetarianism and a condemnation that vegetarians (or other consumers of animal products) are 'bad' people. Yes to the first part; no to the second. There is no coherent distinction between flesh and other animal products. They are all the same and we cannot justify consuming any of them. To say that you do not eat flesh but that you eat dairy or eggs or whatever, or that you don’t wear fur but you wear leather or wool, is like saying that you eat the meat from spotted cows but not from brown cows; it makers no sense whatsoever. The supposed 'line' between meat and everything else is just a fantasy–an arbitrary distinction that is made to enable some exploitation to be segmented off and regarded as 'better' or as morally acceptable. This is not a condemnation of vegetarians who are not vegans; it is, however, a plea to those people to recognize their actions do not conform with a moral principle that they claim to accept and that all animal products are the result of imposing suffering and death on sentient beings. It is not a matter of judging individuals; it is, however, a matter of judging practices and institutions. And that is a necessary component of ethical living."