How Vegan Meats Save Our Wildlife

How Vegan Meats Save Our Wildlife
Prime Roots

March 02, 2021
March 02, 2021 3 min read

Obviously, vegan meats save animals, right?
  • That's just common sense. We know that eating less meat products means more animals are saved from slaughterhouses. Supply and demand.
  • It is certainly not new news that adopting a vegan, vegetarian or any kind of plant-based diet spares thousands of farm animal lives.
  • But what about all the other ways vegan meats protect our wildlife? Our non-farmed animals. Can you think of any?
  • Well, we found quite a few ways going vegan specifically affects our planet's furry friends.

Vegan meat consumption prevents habitat destruction.

Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for approximately 91% of the Amazon rain forest destruction? Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of acres of land destroyed every day thatisn't a part of the Amazon.
  • Thousands upon thousands of animals are killed, displaced, or injured due to habitat destruction for the sole purpose of animal agriculture. Farm animals raised for meat production consume almost 50% of the soy and 60% of the corn that is grown and harvested globally.
  • The land that must be cleared to grow and harvest such vast amounts of food just for animal agriculture has lead to an increasing endangered species list and even contributed to the extinction of insects and animals.
  • Ditching animal proteins and increasing your vegan meat consumption will save about 10,000 acres of land and about 95 animals per person per year.

    Consuming more vegan proteins helps prevent ocean dead zones.

    Don't know what an ocean dead zone is? Good thing we do.
    • Ocean dead zones are large areas of the ocean that don't hold enough oxygen for marine life to survive. They are primarily the result of animal agriculture.
    • Nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff as well as sewage and industrial vehicles are the main contributors to these areas of the ocean. Marine life dies in mass in these areas.
    • So all the fertilizers used to grow crops just to feed the farm animals used only for food? Into the ocean it goes. Cow poop, chicken poop, pig poop, and all the gases and chemicals it contains? Yep, into the ocean.
    • There are plentiful vegan proteins that are just as flavorful, juicy, and delicious as their traditional protein counterparts. Vegan bacon, beef, hotdogs. You name it. There's a vegan option. So let's #savetheocean with vegan meats, shall we?


    Corporate animal agriculture requests the USDA Wildlife Service to slaughter millions of wild animals every year.

    Nope. We're not kidding.
    • Because animals raised for slaughter are still subject to sneaky wild predators, corporations that product various forms of animal proteins request that those animals be killed.
    • In 2019, the USDA's Wildlife Service killed upwards of 2.2 million animals for the sole purpose to protect animal agriculture. Coyotes, bears, wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, and many other animals. All trapped, gassed, snared, poisoned, or shot.
    • Eating conventional animal proteins is contributing to the inhumane and unnecessary death of millions of animals.
    • Vegan meat consumption would reduce the mass killing of wild animals and farm animals.


    Plant-based meat consumption produces minimal amounts of carbon emissions.

    Livestock-based food production produces anywhere from 25-50% of the total carbon emissions worldwide, outranking all forms of transportation.
    • Basically, meat eating causes climate change.
    • Do you love koalas, penguins, butterflies, seals, or polar bears? They're on the brink of extinction. As a matter of fact, scientists predict that one-third of all plant and animal species could be extinct by the year 2070 if we don't get climate change under control.
    • The good news? Plant-based meat is quickly becoming a staple in many people's diets. With the increasing evidence that animal proteins, particularly beef and pork, are terrible for your health, more folks are opting in to vegan meat over conventional animal proteins. As a matter of fact, plant-based meat sales jumped 264% in 2020!


    Vegan meat saves vital resources.

    This one you may already know.
    • Vegan meat production uses 90% less water and land than conventional meat production does.
    • But did you consider how that water and land get used? It feeds, houses, and nourishes our wildlife! Plus, plant growth literally feeds nutrients back into the soil. Vegan meat saves our wildlife and our planet.
    • The potential for plant-based diets to completely eradicate climate change is all too real.
    • Here at Prime Roots, we love all kinds of foodies! Vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and full fledged meat eaters. It's important to us that every one in our community understands why we are so passionate about what we do!
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