The biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet is the intense, disturbing and profiteering process of factory farming animals for our food. Two in every three farm animals are factory farmed (that’s over 50 billion every year! – yes BILLION!). These intensive systems prioritise production above all else, creating vast quantities of seemingly cheap meat, milk and eggs.
But factory farming comes at a grave cost. Animals are treated as commodities and are often raised in intense confinement. Factory farming is highly dependent on large quantities of precious resources, such as grain-based feed, water, energy and medication. This archaic method of food production has failed.
Despite the vast body of evidence that shows factory farming to be a negative for animals, communities, our health and the planet, the spread of this backwards system of agriculture is showing no signs of slowing down. Why? Because of a tangled web of complex forces, which confuse and mislead everyone from the public to politicians. We think it’s time to untangle this web. A report written by the Compassion for World Farming organisation begins to untangle the web and explain the issues.
One of the first steps towards a better standard of living (and quite frankly dying) for our farm animals, is to improve the labelling on the food that we buy. We advocate the following reforms:
1. End non-stun slaughter.
2. Mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses.
3. Improve transport conditions for livestock.
4. Clear labelling of slaughter method on meat products.