Looking through the ten most read blogs of this year I’m struck by how much they represent our work for farm animals at home and abroad.
What could be closer to home than the sad news of our co-founder’s passing, Anna Roberts, in August? Anna and her husband, Peter, who died in 2006, launched Compassion in World Farming in 1967. They were dairy farmers who saw foresaw the devastating impact of factory farming and decided something had to be done. We’re indebted to their vision and tenacity.
Anna and Peter also founded Direct Foods whose products included Sosmix and Protoveg. They understood the waste of feeding soya to factory farmed animals when it could feed people directly. They were pioneers. Today’s visionaries were featured in the second most read blog. In The Future of Meat I wrote about how Microsoft magnate, Bill Gates, was investing in “in vitro” meat. As Gates puts it, innovation in meat production has “tremendous market potential”.
The shocking reality of pigs and their cruel treatment in Europe outraged many. Our investigations exposed widespread breaches of EU law in place to protect pigs. Compassion’s patron, Joanna Lumley OBE, spoke out at our press conference in the European Parliament in Brussels in September.