Who’s the biggest polluter on Earth?

Meat and dairy companies to surpass oil industry as world’s biggest polluters, report finds.


After reading this article, you might wonder how we can fix the issue. Here’s the start of a conversation about the industrialization of farm animals and the alternatives.

FRIEND: Being a former beef cattle farmer, wondering what the plan is for all the cattle, buffalo, rhinos, and other big-pooper-type animals? Kill them all and let them rot? Cause those cows have feelings and personalities too!! And what about horses?? Not picking at you, but just wondering at the logistics with this? Just saying…

ME: Stop breeding them and in a single generation of their species all populations will be back to how nature intended. 23 million animals a day are killed for our industrialized food production, though horses/buffalo/rhinos are not on that list.

FRIEND: You can stop breeding them (cows, chicken, pigs and so on), but what about those living? Maintain spending money on feeding the animals for about 15-25 years (their life span) without any income, working really hard in the meantime to provide hay, fencing, etc. and all that meat isn’t getting eaten? Going to re-program all the meat eaters? Should we just set them free to roam? Going to make the cattle people start growing more lettuce and legumes instead? Just presenting the other side. Seems like the real problem is too many people in the world, thus demand for food. Then there’s that regulating of populations issue. And people have been eating meat since the beginning of time.

ME: Thank you for showing me the other side and it’s important for me to understand it. We have always done a lot of things, and yet that doesn’t mean they are in our best interest going forward. Of course, the industrialization of food and the wholesale slaughter of animals is a very new thing. Factory farming is the intensive confinement of farmed animals and/or the colossal-scale breeding and slaughter of farmed animals raised for food and was invented by scientists in the 1960s.

So, have we really “since the beginning of time” been doing unto Earth and Her animals what we’ve been doing in the last 60 years? No, we have not. And, can we now find a better way?



I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Please send me a message here if you’d like to add to the conversation.

Proof Of Soul?

Call for Research Proposals

The animal protection organizations Farm Sanctuary (farmsanctuary.org) and The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy (kimmela.org) announce a Call for Grant Proposals for cutting-edge noninvasive research on the complex nature of farm animal (chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and cows) emotions, behavior, and cognitive abilities in an approved setting (such as a farm animal sanctuary). We are particularly interested in funding rigorous innovative research which will expand our understanding of who farm animals are and how they experience their lives. Examples include studies of self-awareness, emotional and social complexity, personality, and mood and anxiety disorders such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. All proposals should be designed for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and the plan for peer review submission should be included in the proposal.

How to Apply

Grants will be awarded for amounts from $1,000–$20,000. Research proposals should include:

  • A cover letter that includes the proposal title and name of principal investigator and any co-investigators.
  • An abstract of the proposed research.
  • Rationale (background) for the study.
  • Study aims and objectives.
  • Methodology, including:
    • A detailed description of how animals will be studied.
    • Outcomes measurement techniques.
    • Analysis.
  • Potential implications or impact for our understanding, perception, and treatment of farm animals.
  • Curriculum vitae and current affiliation of the applicant. For students, this information should be provided on the advisor(s) offering guidance on the project.
  • A proposed timeline, including start date and completion date.
  • A budget outlining major research expenses.
  • A description of the final product (e.g., a research paper), and the plans for submitting for publication and (if applicable) poster presentation(s).

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. Research can be carried out at any time agreed upon in advance with Farm Sanctuary.

Additional Information

  • Grant amounts depend on the scope of the project, budget justification, and significance of the study.
  • All research must take place in an approved setting, such as a farm animal sanctuary. (Farm Sanctuary has approved sanctuaries in New York and California.) Research settings should be ethologically and socially appropriate for the individual animal and his/her species and should not involve animals who are purchased or bred.
  • All research must be noninvasive, respectful and promote the welfare interests and choices/preferences of the animals; in other words, it must be non-coercive if it involves an intervention.
  • All research should avoid causing harm to the animals and their co-inhabitants.
  • Students are welcome, but all students must have an academic advisor and approval from their home institution.
  • Farm Sanctuary and Kimmela Center officers, directors, and employees, and the immediate family members of such officers, directors, and employees are ineligible to apply for a grant.
  • The selection committee is comprised of:
    • Hope Ferdowsian, M.D., M.P.H., Georgetown University; George Washington University.
    • Joyce D’Silva, Ambassador, Compassion in World Farming.
    • Lori Marino, Ph.D., Neuroscientist and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy.
    • Key experts in the area under review, who will be approved by Farm Sanctuary.
  • Once the selections have been made, grantees will be required to execute a grant agreement prepared by Farm Sanctuary and The Kimmela Center and agree to abide by all terms and conditions thereof.

Please send questions and proposals to lorimarino@kimmela.org.

About The Someone Project

Current Research On Animal Emotions and Intelligence

Will We See The End Of Single-Use Plastics?

“Marine litter is a growing global problem. We have all heard the warning by the World Economic Forum and others that, measured by weight, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 if we continue dumping plastic in the sea at the present rate. We cannot let this happen. This is why the EU takes action to restrict the use of certain throwaway plastic products for which good plastic-free alternatives exist. And we will make plastic producers pay for cleaning up”, said Elisabeth Köstinger, the Austrian federal minister of sustainability and tourism, when she announced the EU agreement last December.

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