By Lee Hall
Part 3 of a Series
Sustainable Development Goals: They’re a major topic on social media. But if humans want to be sustainable, we’ve got to get serious. We must divest from customs and businesses that treat animal life as commodities. This blog entry is the third in a series, as we look at each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The second goal is “Good Health and Well-Being.”
Good Health and Well-Being is a worthy goal and one everyone can agree on. But bear in mind: No doctor tells people to cut back on plants!
And then there’s mental health. How would beating animals into submission so we can chew them up do anything for human peace of mind?
Purpose-breeding other animals, wrecking natural lands and waters by confining them, tormenting them by taking their young and taking their lives—it’s all horror.
And it distorts our sense of our place on our planet.
Lee Hall is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the American Vegan Society. Lee’s entry on “Nonhuman Rights and Human Sustainability” appears in the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Springer). Lee holds a Master’s degree in environmental law with a focus on climate change from Vermont Law School, and has taught environmental law at the University level.