As 2010 draws to a close, here is a reflection of the year in numbers, and thank you for being part of bringing about a compassionate world for farm animals:
• 21 universities were celebrated for going cage-free on their eggs and/or pledging to use only higher welfare chicken at our first ever University Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.
• 25 million hens throughout Europe are now set to benefit from our ‘Good Egg’ Award winners’ policies.
• 36 more UK local councils were persuaded to go cage-free on their eggs, thanks to our ‘Cage-free councils’ campaign.
• 39 is the weight of birds in kilograms that can be kept in a square metre of floor space in UK broiler chicken sheds. But it could have been worse. We persuaded Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, not to buckle under industry pressure, and to only allow a maximum stocking density of 39kg per square metre for chickens, instead of 42kg permitted by European rules.
• 40 clones of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, were released onto the streets of London in our eye-catching protest at animal cloning. The European Parliament voted for a ban on the sale of meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring.
• 174 million meat chickens will live in more humane environments, thanks to our ‘Good Chicken’ Award winners’ policies. UK sales of higher-welfare chicken also increased by 22%.
• 260 was the number of the Early Day Motion on beak-trimming of laying hens, which is currently in the top-five most signed by MPs at Westminster.
• 400 people attended our Peter Roberts Memorial Lecture for a lively debate with experts on key issues linking the environment, water scarcity, food security and animal welfare.
• 8,100 was the number of cows originally planned for in the planning proposal for the UK’s first mega-dairy in Lincolnshire. We helped passionate local campaigners to ensure Nocton Dairies withdrew their first application. We have now called for their revised plans for a 3,700-cow farm to be considered by the Secretary of State as a matter of national importance.
• 10,000 supporters took action when Poland called for a delay to the 2012 barren battery cage ban – and the proposal was rejected. But new threats to the ban are now emerging. We need your help now more than ever to protect this vital legislation. Please take action today.
A sincere thank you to everyone who supported and took part in our work to end the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet – factory farming. Your continued support is so important to us. And will be even more so as we head toward 2011, a year that will see Compassion even stronger and more impactful in our quest to achieve compassion and respect for all farm animals.