David Attenborough, a 94-year-old naturalist, who gave up eating meat four years ago, said people should become vegetarians to save species from extinction. “We must change our diet. The planet can’t support billions of meat-eaters,” he said in a new Netflix documentary, A life On Our Planet.
Sir David Attenborough is urging people to go vegetarian, to save species from extinction and produce more food. “The true tragedy of our time is the still unfolding loss of biodiversity,” he said. The growth of animal farming has come up and the high rise in meat and meat-eaters are considered one of the major reasons for deforestation.
“Half of fertile land on Earth is now farmland, 70% of birds are domestic, majority chickens. We are one-third of animals on Earth. This is now our planet run by – and for – humans. There’s little left for the world. We have completely destroyed it,” he added.
In 2017, Sir David said he stopped eating meat. In 2020, he said, “I haven’t been a doctrinaire vegetarian or vegan, but I no longer have the same appetite for meat. Why? I am not sure. I think subconsciously maybe it’s because of the state of the planet.”