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Approximately 31% of the world’s land surface is covered by forests. However, more than half of them are in just 5 countries: Russia, China, Canada, USA, and Brazil.
Every year, forest areas the size of Costa Rica are chopped down, i.e. 13,000,000 hectares. In the 90s it was even twice as much. Western corporations have deforested 9% of African forests in many African countries within 10 years.
While the size of the important primeval forests in the tropical regions continues to decline dramatically, countries such as Germany and China are showing initial success with targeted reforestation measures and an increase in forest area.
In principle, this is possible, but a reforested forest is not as valuable as the previously deforested primeval forest. Primeval forests, also known as primary forests, are complex ecosystems and function like the lungs of the earth. However, only 36% of the world's forest areas are such primary forests.
Secondary forests, i.e. forests that grow back naturally after clearing, are reforested by humans as mixed forests or are particularly badly established as monocultures, can only provide a fraction of the habitat for animals and store carbon as a primary forest can.
Almost 25% of greenhouse gases are caused by the clearing of forest areas and it takes decades for primary forests to regenerate at all. 70% of all land-based animal species live in tropical rainforests, and heating alone causes 100 of these species to die out every day.
(Sources: http://www.bpb.de, https://feel4nature.com)
The world of animals is unique and diverse. Nevertheless, humans keep on destroying it and the creatures are tortured, exploited and killed.
No matter if it is deforestation of the rainforest, which is the habitat of many animals, factory farming, killing chicks, the abuse of wild animals in circuses or tourism, animal testing or killing animals for the production of fur and wool.
“Animals have no rights at all. Legally, they are treated as things.”
In the constitution it is written that no one has the right to do harm to an animal for no reason. But when you look at the facts, you notice that animal protection and animal rights do not exist. Especially in our industry, in other words when it's about money.
In Germany, about 58 million pigs, 630 million chicken and more than 3 million cows are killed per year.
We should not forget our environment since animal farming is one of the main causes of climate change. It generates between 14.5 and 18 % of the greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
Animals are sensitiive, intelligent creatures, who feel anxiety and pain and who are very similar to us in many regards.
It is time to change things in animal protection and animal rights. Probably, we have to wait a long time until the government will change something.
(Sources: www.rp-online.de, www.peta.de, www.bund.net)