Last week a fake news story broke and spread rapidly in right wing media outlets claiming that President Biden’s climate change mitigation policy would mean severely limiting or eliminating red meat. It was unsurprising to us. However, we were unprepared for the response from the center and left media which felt compelled to come to Biden’s rescue and correct the record. They wanted to make sure we understood that Biden would never take such a crazy position as trying to control how much animal products we consume or do anything to jeopardize the immensely profitable animal agriculture industry.
As one example, The Hill’s popular political commentators Krystal and Saagar actually produced a video called MEAT CORRECTION. Saagar addresses his audience as his “fellow meat eating brethren” and boasts about his clueless meat eating ways. One Facebook commentator nailed it when he wrote, “There’s almost a fake ‘war’ between the speciesist left and the speciesist right, each trying to prove how little they are concerned about using animals.”
This is a perfect opportunity to send Biden and the democrats a strong message that we demand that he stand up to animal agriculture. Please submit your message to Biden and see our our suggested script below.
No serious climate change policy can ignore the impacts of animal agriculture, one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, but also one of the most environmentally destructive industries on many levels. The current system of subsidies rewards this industry for their cruel and destructive ways instead of making them pay the price. This is a corrupt and broken system that must change. In the energy sector, the policy we need is replacing fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy. Similarly, animal ag. is the “fossil fuel” of our food system that must be replaced by a plant-based food system that is accessible to all!