A charity has submitted a petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to introduce policies that will reduce the quantity of meat and dairy consumed in order to help drive down rising global temperatures.

The charity, Compassion in World Farming, received 53,000 signatures on the petition. And, as well as delivering the petition in person to No. 10, it has also been sent to the leaders of America; Argentina; Australia; Brazil; Canada; New Zealand; the EU; South Korea; China; South Africa; and Japan.

“Our global leaders cannot continue to bury their heads in the sand,” said Sarah Moyes, senior campaigns manager at Compassion in World Farming.

“Livestock emissions play a significant role in the current climate emergency, yet this has been virtually overlooked by world leaders," she said.

“We must drastically reduce our total global meat and dairy consumption, so we’ve addressed our petition to leaders of top meat-consuming countries or regions.

"It’s critical these world leaders act to bring forward a meat and dairy reduction and support a shift to nature-friendly, higher welfare farming, as a matter of urgency. 

“Factory farming is significantly contributing to one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time and leaders of those countries where meat consumption is particularly high, must play their part to ensure we meet the Paris Agreement targets. We must turn up the heat on world leaders to keep the global temperature down."

Compassion in World Farming

Compassion in World Farming is a registered charity is England and Wales that campaigns, peacefully, to end all factory farming practices.

It was founded by a British farmers in 1967 who was horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming.