In an open letter dated November 2009, celebrated French actress and animal rights group founder Ms. Brigitte Bardot addressed European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, urging the European Union to highlight meat production's serious impact on global warming and prioritize discussion of the issue in December's climate summit in Denmark.
In the letter, which was also endorsed by more than 100 organizations worldwide, she also called for a “European Vegetarian Day.” During a telephone interview with Supreme Master Television, Ms. Bardot explained her concern about livestock industry harms to the environment.
Brigitte Bardot – President of Fondation Brigitte Bardot, legendary French actress, Vegetarian (F): Because livestock raising, either on pastures or in batteries or industrial breeding, emits more greenhouse gases than those produced by transportation, all categories: car, train, etc., airplane and all that.
The World Bank has shown that 90% of the deforestation in the Amazon is related to the meat industry. So that’s really something terrible and it has impacts on the global warming which preoccupies us enormously today.
Supreme Master TV (M): So if you have a message to convey, what would it be?
Brigitte Bardot (f): Be veg. Go green. Save the planet. And your life will have meant something.
VOICE: Our appreciation and support Ms. Bardot for your deeply caring heart for our planet and animal co-inhabitants. We join in the plea for peace between humans and the environment and all fellow creatures so that indeed we may have a meaningful, worthwhile future. The essential need to halt animal farming in favor of
the planet-saving vegan lifestyle has often been mentioned by Supreme Master Ching Hai, as during an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: If they are truly the leaders that pledge to protect their people, to improve their country in many aspects, then this is the first step we have to do. Stop the meat industry, stop the fish industry, stop the dairy industry, then our planet will be the way it was and even better. This, I can promise.
Otherwise, the year 2012, 2013, 2014, we will never know what will happen to us if we do not do the right thing.
And right now, to save the planet, there is only one way to stop the cause - that is the animal industry, by all means, in all aspects.Very simple, just be veg. Just be veg is truly enough for now. And it will be enough for a long future to come.