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September 24, 2020 - World Animal Protection

How the Meat Industry Is Harming Wild Animals

How the Meat Industry Is Harming Wild Animals
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Wild animal populations are being decimated around the world and the meat industry is a major threat to their existence. 

Every day, more animals are becoming endangered and extinct due largely from the actions of humans. Scientists, such as Raj Patel, an expert in ecology and food systems at the University of Texas at Austin, claims that we're seeing the sixth mass extinction of life on earth.

When one species becomes extinct, harmful ripple effects put other animal species at risk, with Patel stating: "We're losing species we have never heard of, those we've yet to put a name to and industrial agriculture is very much at the spear-tip of that."

For example, if the food chain for wild animals breaks at any level, there is a negative domino effect on other species. Scientists found that humans are directly and indirectly causing species to go extinct, according to a study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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