October 24th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Why we should all cut back on meat

Editor's Note: Heather Moore is a staff writer for the PETA Foundation.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) works to promote animal rights and mitigate cruelty against animals.

By Heather Moore - Special to CNN

There are currently about 7 billion people on this planet, and experts predict that there will be at least 9 billion by 2050. Global meat consumption is projected to double by then too. The Earth simply cannot sustain so many meat-eaters.

A recent report by the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project shows that global meat production increased by 2.6 percent in 2010. Worldwide meat production has tripled over the last four decades and increased 20 percent in the past 10 years. Much of the meat is produced in industrialized countries. The average American eats twice as much meat as the average person worldwide. According to Worldwatch President Robert Engelman, the "world's supersized appetite for meat" is one of the main reasons why greenhouse-gas emissions are still increasing rapidly. FULL POST

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Which is the safest country for animals?
A Chinese researcher injects a monkey with an experimental solution at a laboratory in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in May 2004. China has since drafted new regulations to save laboratory animals from unnecessary pain and inhumane treatment. (Getty Images)
August 12th, 2011
04:00 AM ET

Which is the safest country for animals?

Editor's Note: Heather Moore is a staff writer for the PETA Foundation

By Heather Moore – Special to CNN

The thought-provoking new film Rise of the Planet of the Apes may have people talking long after they leave the Cineplex. In the film, a scientist genetically modifies a young chimpanzee to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. The chimpanzee matures quickly, escapes from his cage and recruits an army among thousands of caged apes. They revolt, and a war breaks out between the species.

While much of the movie is obviously science fiction, hundreds of chimpanzees really are used in laboratory experiments in the U.S.—the only developed country that still conducts invasive experiments on chimpanzees. These animals are cut open, addicted to drugs, kept in isolation, or inoculated with infectious agents—all legally. The U.S. Animal Welfare Act (AWA) does not prohibit any experiment, no matter how cruel or irrelevant. It simply sets minimum housing and maintenance standards for confined animals. FULL POST

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