Factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet and every year we rear and slaughter over sixty billion animals for food. Animals confined to these tight spaces endure unimaginable suffering, create waste and threaten human health. It presents the risk of disease spreading and potentially new strains of disease emerging. Compassion in World Farming work tirelessly to end factory farming and promote a better way of protecting our environment and giving animals a better way of life.
The future of our food is under threat because of factory farming. One in every three tonnes of grain is fed to factory farmed animals meaning our global grain stocks are under pressure. There is a competition between feeding people and feeding animals, and in the future we will be faced with the possibility of more people, more animals and less land. Today’s livestock population is responsible for producing one in every five tonnes of society’s greenhouse emissions, and this is expected to double by 2050. We need future generations to look beyond factory farming and to produce food humanely and sustainably.
Not only does factory farming cause unimaginable suffering to animals, but it also affects the quality of our food and poses a real threat to human health. Factory farmed chickens are reared in industrial sheds without windows, and are forced to grow quickly. A bird that experiences fresh air and grown at a normal rate is expected to have 25% less fat than a factory farmed bird. More worryingly, factory farming conditions create a breeding ground for disease. This is why we need to find a better way of keeping farm animals and promoting safer food.
Compassion in World Farming is needed more than ever. Despite growing awareness about animal welfare, more animals are being factory farmed in Europe. Factory farmed animals are caged, confined and reduced to great suffering. Our campaigns have been responsible for banning some of the worst systems and practices involving animals, and have also gained legal recognition in Europe. Compassion in World Farming continue to educate consumers and work alongside food companies in buying and supplying animal friendly products.
We can feed the world without factory farming and end needless cruelty toward animals. Unfortunately, some policy makers still believe that more factory farming is the way forward. They’re wrong. Reports from two leading academic institutes (ISE and PIK) show that we can keep animals free-range and feed the world. We need to move into a future where we eat better meat and have animals in better conditions. Our biggest challenge is to feed our growing population humanely and sustainably. As consumers we must go beyond factory farming.