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April 18, 2012 Earth Day Event

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  • Carolyn
    Forwarded message - please reply to info@aplnj.org Earth Day talks on livestock s impact on the environment - 4/18 - Lincroft, NJ April 18, 2012 Earth Day
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      Earth Day talks on livestock's impact on the environment - 4/18 - Lincroft, NJ

      April 18, 2012 Earth Day Event

      Mike Hudak of the Sierra Club's National Grazing Team will speak on "Liberating Western Wildlife from Scourge of Ranching."
      Doris Lin will also give a brief presentation on "How Animal Agriculture Destroys the Environment. "

      Co-Sponsored by Animal Protection League of NJ, NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club, Transition Red Bank.
      This event is FREE and open to the public! Light vegan refreshments will be served.

      Wednesday, April 18, 2012
      7:00pm
      Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County
      1475 West Front Street
      Lincroft, NJ 07738
      Directions: http://www.uucmc. org/uucmc/ contact-us/ directions- to-uucmc. html

      RSVPs appreciated but not necessary: info@... or 732-446-6808

      Mike Explains:

      The grazing of domestic livestock has arguably been the most destructive land use the world has seen. Already two millennia ago, large regions of the Middle and Near East, and other lands encircling the Mediterranean Sea had been desertified by grazing. In the 17th century, Spaniards brought livestock to the New World, and in the mid 19th century, western cattle barons began big-time ranching to satisfy British and bi-coastal desire for beef. As a result, today's western lands, amounting to hundreds of millions of acres, have had their plant productivity greatly reduced. That loss of forage and cover has led to population declines for hundreds of species of free-living animals, many now on the federal threatened and endangered lists. Adding insult to injury, American taxpayers are forced to annually subsidize the federal grazing program by at least $450 million.

      The only good news is that because much of these western lands are under federal control, all Americans, through their elected officials, can have a say in how they're managed.

      In this presentation, I'll survey the environmental damage inflicted by ranching across the American West. Then we'll examine the social and political contexts within which we must mount any campaign intended to reduce the scope of western ranching. Finally, we'll discuss current federal legislation that would reduce such ranching by facilitating the permanent closure of federal grazing allotments.

      About Mike:
      Mike Hudak is a former computer-industry researcher who has advocated for protecting public lands from ranching since 1998. Beginning in that year, he led a 2-year campaign within the Sierra Club to oppose ranching on public lands that culminated in a significant strengthening of the Club's grazing policy. In the early 2000s, through numerous public presentations across the eastern U.S., he built grassroots and organizational support for federal legislation that would have facilitated the permanent closure of federal grazing allotments. He's the author of Western Turf Wars, a book that exposes the politics behind the mismanagement of ranching on public lands. And he's produced a companion video series to the book that can be viewed on YouTube and other websites. His non-profit project, Vibrant Public Lands (formerly Public Lands Without Livestock), informs the public about the environmental harms and cost overruns of the federal grazing program. Also, since 2008, Mike has chaired the Sierra Club's National Grazing Team, in which capacity he directed a successful 3-year effort to reintroduce grazing retirement legislation in the U.S. Congress.

      About Doris:
      Doris Lin, Esq. is the About.com Guide to animal rights and an animal rights attorney. She is the Director of Legal Services for the Animal Protection League of NJ and the Vice President of Legal Affairs for the BEAR Group. She is also a former paralegal for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and former chair of the NJ State Bar Association' s Animal Law Committee. Doris holds a B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences from MIT and a JD from the University of Southern California.

      Wednesday, April 18, 2012
      7:00pm
      Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County
      1475 West Front Street
      Lincroft, NJ 07738
      Directions: http://www.uucmc. org/uucmc/ contact-us/ directions- to-uucmc. html

      RSVPs appreciated but not necessary: info@... or 732-446-6808

      Animal Protection League of NJ: http://aplnj. org/
      Sierra Club NJ Chapter: http://newjersey. sierraclub. org/
      Transition Red Bank: http://groups. google.com/ group/transition -red-bank
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