Today Tas Animal Save will hold a snap action for Valentine’s Day on Parliament Lawns, speaking out against the plans announced by Brazilian president Bolsonaro to further open the Amazon rainforest to increased land degradation for the animal agriculture, mining and forestry industries.
“This is an issue of global concern; the Amazon is known as the lungs of the Earth for a reason. Increased deforestation will have catastrophic implications for Indigenous groups who are already facing dispossession and genocide. It will have catastrophic implications for the unique wildlife of the Amazon, and destroying such invaluable carbon stores will accelerate climate change. Our politicians have a moral obligation to speak out on this issue.” -Kristy Alger
Activists will stand in front of Parliament House and send a message inside via a megaphone.
“In saying that, our own governments on a state and federal level must accept their own culpability as regards the dispossession of Indigenous groups, deforestation, species loss and land degradation; especially where grazing land for livestock are concerned. Animal agriculture is one of the leading factors contributing to climate change; and successive governments have enacted policies that support increased productivity.” -Kristy Alger
The global day of action has been convened by The Save Movement and Climate Save groups, with actions to be held worldwide targeting Brazilian Embassies and houses of parliament demanding action be taken.
“Whilst Tasmanian Animal Save is primarily an animal rights group we recognise the inherent interconnectedness of animal rights with environmental rights and human rights.” -Kristy Alger
The group will be hosting a speak out for anyone attending to send a message to the Tasmanian government.