Nature in Danger

African forest elephants

One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades and more than ever before in human history and animal agriculture lies at the heart of the problem.

The increasing demand for meat, fish, eggs and dairy are driving agricultural expansion into precious habitats and wild animals and plants are being squeezed into ever-decreasing spaces.

We are experiencing the world’s sixth mass extinction but this time, it’s caused by us! From the huge African elephant down to tiny dung beetles and microscopic phytoplankton, we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural rate.

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There are more than 500 known primate species in the world. Around 60 per cent of them are threatened with extinction.

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The Importance of Forests

Agriculture is the main driver of global deforestation clearing the way for land for grazing and animal-feed crops. Why is this bad news for biodiversity?

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UK Biodiversity

The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world with around one in six native species threatened with extinction.

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Climate Change

Animal agriculture contributes around a fifth of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world’s transport combined.

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Time for Action

We must make the connection between animal agriculture, environmental destruction and loss of wildlife.

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