New York City, NY, November 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — More than 200 prominent personalities, including Hollywood actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Steve Coogan and Eva Green, have joined together through an international open letter to invite world leaders at the COP27 climate conference to end intensive agriculture and transform our global food system.
The letter – organized by Compassion in World Farming as part of its new End of the line for intensive farming global campaign – highlights the urgent need to transform our global food system and calls on world leaders to support and reach a global agreement on food and agriculture at the United Nations General Assembly. It will be released on Solutions Day at the conference.
Some 208 people from around the world signed the letter, including:
- Hollywood actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Steve Coogan and Eva Green
- British TV personalities Chris Packham, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Dr Amir Khan GP, and actors Dame Joanna Lumley, Kate Ford and Peter Egan
- Award-winning authors Michael Morpurgo and Barbara Kingsolver
- Religious leaders Archbishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, CAFOD Chairman and Rabbi David Rosen CBE, International Chairman, The World Conference on Religion and Peace
- Leading Experts Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder, Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace; Frans BM de Waal, Ph.D., CH Candler Professor Emeritus, Primate Behavior, Emory University; Peter Singer, AC Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University; Carl Safina, Ph.D., President, The Safina Center, Endowed Professor of Nature and Humanity, Stony Brook University
- Business leaders Dale Vince OBE, owner of green electricity company, Ecotricity, and Julian Richer, entrepreneur.
The letter states: “If the global community is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, action must be taken now to end industrial animal farming.
“From pollution to the climate crisis and the extinction of wildlife. From animal cruelty to human hunger and malnutrition. Take a closer look at almost any global challenge, and you’ll find food front and center. A system based on overproduction and unhealthy food is supported by intensive farming methods.
“The livestock sector produces more greenhouse gases than the direct emissions of all the world’s planes, trains and cars combined. Without urgent action, intensive animal agriculture threatens our very survival. We need food processing. Our people, animals and planet can wait no longer.”
End of the line for intensive farming is the new global movement dedicated to ending this cruel and unnecessary practice. Launched this week by Compassion in World Farming with partner NGOs from around the world, the campaign aims to achieve a global deal to end intensive farming and transform our global food system in a way that benefits people, animals and to the planet. New YouGov research published by Compassion this week shows that nearly two-thirds of people (63%) in 13 countries surveyed believe that intensive farming puts profits before climate and the environment.
Stage, television and film actor, Alan Cumming OBE FRSEknown for roles in The good wife And X2: X-Men United, She said: “The amount of edible human food we produce just to feed the animals we slaughter for meat goes beyond waste, especially when millions of people around the world go hungry every day. We need a fair, kind and sustainable food system. That’s why I support Compassion in World Farming’s End of the Line for Factory Farming campaign, to help change this broken system once and for all.”
Ben Williamson, US Executive Director, Compassion in World Farming She said: “This is the first campaign action of the new global End of the Line for Factory Farming movement dedicated to ending this cruel and unnecessary practice as it is causing a climate and natural emergency: one third of global warming is caused by manufacturing and food consumption. Our open letter, published on the occasion of Solutions Day at COP27, sends a clear message to world leaders underlining the urgent need for action. It’s quite simple: without ending intensive agriculture and transforming our food system, it will be impossible to achieve climate goals. What is needed is for world leaders to propose a global deal that meets our climate and SDG commitments before it’s too late.”
For more information on the campaign, visit END.IT
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Notes to editors:
Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by a British farmer who was horrified by the development of factory farming. Today Compassion is a global movement dedicated to ending intensive agriculture and obtaining humane and sustainable food. Based in the UK, we have offices in Europe, the USA, China and South Africa. To learn more about Compassion in World Farming, visit www.ciwf.com.