ALDF Petitions California to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions from Animal Agriculture

Posted on October 16, 2014

Legal Advocates Call on California Air Resources Board to Cap Factory Farm Pollution

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Megan Backus, Animal Legal Defense Fund

earth-240pxSAN FRANCISCO — Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a formal rulemaking petition with the California Air Resources Board to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture, as it does for the energy and transportation sectors. The petition calls on the agency to require factory farms to report greenhouse gas emissions to the Air Resources Board, which will “cap” these emissions. California’s groundbreaking cap-and-trade program stems from the state’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act. ALDF’s first-of-its-kind state petition asks the Air Resources Board to include animal agriculture in that program. Numerous studies show animal agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change. California uses more than 25 million acres of land for agriculture and has the largest scale factory-farmed dairy production in the nation. The more than 70 million animals raised for food in California produce as much untreated manure as 456 million people—or more untreated manure than the entire human population of the United States.

According to the Air Resources Board’s own research, “Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data 2000-2012,” U.S. emissions from livestock agriculture—including the meat, egg, and dairy industries—are comparable to all emissions from the manufacturing sector “(23.92 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent produced by animal agriculture, whereas manufacturing produced 24.88 million metric tons). While transportation, industrial, and residential economic sectors decreased their emissions in the past decade, the agriculture sector increased emissions. The recently released assessment report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes a confirmed link between climate change and animal agriculture. The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization link animal agriculture with nearly 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“Animal agriculture is systematically responsible for cruelty to millions of animals, pollution of natural resources, and health problems in our state,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our state agencies should regulate pollution from the animal agriculture industry like they do for cars and trucks.”

ALDF’s petition is available by request.


21 thoughts on “ALDF Petitions California to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions from Animal Agriculture

  1. Cindy Christians says:

    You’re in my Prayers Daily, Thank You for all You do for Animals!! :)

  2. Deanna Mawhinney says:

    Thank you for all that you do:)

  3. Lisa Warren says:

    please do

  4. Yasmina Carême says:

    I May be from Belgium but I hope for change so you May be of Good influence for Europe.
    Lee on fighting for us all!

  5. Jeff Rosenberg says:

    This is a fantastic idea. Is there any set time frame in which to expect a decision from California? If this works, I would beg you to hit Florida with a similar petition next. There is an enormous factory farm/slaughterhouse combination operation being built there and this could put a major damper on their progress and plans.

    1. Chris says:

      Jeff – Under typical procedure, an agency has thirty days to either deny the rulemaking petition in writing on the merits, or schedule the issue for discussion at a public hearing. At that point, ARB could continue to study the petition for some time before ultimately adopting it, partially adopting it, or totally denying it. Additional efforts may ensue if the petition is partially or totally denied.

    2. Elena Plesa says:

      hi Jeff. You Could actually start a petition to stop or slow down the building of the slaughter houses in Florida by using this article. Get lots of people to sign it and see change happening. Opinion public counts a great deal.
      A lot of animals are killed when more and more people opt to become vegetarians. For good reasons: health, ethics, compassion…
      Good luck. You can really make a change. It starts with one and just grows and grows.

  6. Endre Buza says:

    This is the right think to do!

  7. Nga Nguyen says:

    Animal agriculture is systematically responsible for cruelty to millions of animals, pollution of natural resources, and health problems in our state,” said ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our state agencies should regulate pollution from the animal agriculture industry like they do for cars and trucks.”

  8. Kathrena Vega says:

    This is a VERY VALID CONCERN OTHER THAN ANIMAL RIGHTS! Global Warming is very Alarming! Thank you!

  9. Prime example was 400,000 residents without Water- manure runoff from the region’s farms feed blue-green algae blooms in the southwest corner of Lake Erie, from which Toledo draws its water.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Not only is animal agriculture & factory farming destroying the environment it’s inhumane & these animals suffer terribly. I hope everyone that loves the earth & says they’re worried about the environment is a vegetarian or vegan. Otherwise, the planet is doomed.

  11. Thom Bonneville says:

    God bless the ALDF!

  12. Ernie J says:

    See the movie “Cowspiracy” and know ALDF is doing right by both animals and the environment.

  13. Adriana Gonzalez says:

    Stop abuse animals.

  14. esther kemperle says:

    stop it !!

  15. Raf Baeyens says:

    Please help

  16. Patricia from The Netherlands says:

    Stop this madness!

  17. Alana Bacon says:

    Be a “future” human, NOW in the present!
    Go vegan for the animals & the planet. Alana B

  18. Chantel Alberts says:

    We have to think of tomorrow and the animals

  19. Denette Joselyn says:

    Great work! Until we get the governments on board and they understand how devastating this is for our environment, the animals, not to mention the health crisis and unsustainable health cost that is consuming our country caused by all of the animal products people are consuming, they will continue to back the meat and dairy industry, allowing them to infiltrate into our schools, homes, false advertising, inaccurate food pyramid, etc. everyone should watch Forks Over Knives and Earthlings…available on Net Flix and iTunes.

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