in autumn 2010, the Tianshan Heavenly Lake region in Xinjiang Uyghur
Autonomous Region has prohibited livestock grazing as part of measures
to protect the grassland, forests, and ecology.
Situated at 2,000
meters above sea level and listed as a United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site since
1990, the lake and surrounding peaks, also known as the Celestial
Mountains, are known for their pristine natural beauty.
the area’s management committee explained that overgrazing in recent
years has caused severe degradation of the alpine grasslands, which has
in turn has set off mudslides, floods, and other natural disasters.
reports also showed that the most recent mudslides on June 22 this year
occurred at places where livestock usually grazed. Additionally, a 2007
report indicated that the reduction of livestock from 180,000 to 80,000
over a period of four years had resulted in significant area
improvements. The committee thus has expressed their hope that the ban
imposed on livestock grazing will bring a restored balance of all
ecosystems in the region.
Kudos, Tianshan Heavenly Lake
committee and all parties involved for your pledge to preserve this
legendary region. May such measures foster a growing realization of the
benefits of halting all livestock-related practices in honoring a more
humane and sustainable existence for all.
Supreme Master Ching
Hai has frequently emphasized the need to eliminate the animal
agriculture and meat production industry for the protection of our
Earth, as during a video message for a June 2009 conference in Mexico.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Overgrazing by livestock, which occupies nearly a third of our Earth’s
land surface worldwide, is a major cause of desertification and other
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we must stop livestock grazing to protect our soil and protect our
life. Therefore, it is vital that we change our lifestyle – it’s very
easy to do it setting a noble example for others to follow, and do our
part to bring to the public’s attention the urgent climate change issues
and its solutions; the foremost being the vegan diet, to safeguard our
precious planet. It is time to walk the talk, because there is not much
time left now.