Intensive, industrialised, factory - they’re all terms that describe modern farming methods. Intensive because as many animals as possible are crammed together in the smallest possible space.
Industrialised because feeding, watering and dung clearing are often performed automatically. Factory because the philosophy of mass production is what lies behind it all.
We keep hearing Britain has the best farmed animal welfare in the world. Yet most animals are factory farmed in this country. Find out the truth and what you can do to fight animal suffering.
Pigs are more intelligent than dogs and used to live wild in Britain. Now they are kept locked in prisons for meat. Pigs lived in the great forests and woods that covered most of the UK eating beech nuts, acorns, other seeds and nuts, insects, roots and occasionally carrion.
While red meat consumption declines, more chickens are being eaten than ever before. Sadly, some people believe that white meat is somehow healthy. They are wrong. Chicken meat clots arteries, triggers cancers and is one of the biggest causes of food poisoning in the world.
Do chickens kept for their eggs fare better? After all you've seen all the ads and egg boxes that proudly declare "country fresh" and "fresh from the countryside". Surely this means hens are free to roam the fields and woods? 'Fraid not! Most of Britain's eggs are produced on intensive farms.
No doubt you’ve spent many happy days feeding ducks on your local river or pond. To state the obvious, ducks are water birds - evolved to eat, swim, dive, clean and play in water. Yet an investigation by Viva! has revealed that even these animals are factory farmed...
At Christmas it would be nice to think humans show goodwill to other creatures. Increasing numbers do. Many British still celebrate by killing 10 million turkeys. Yet this British "tradition" began in the Industrial Revolution and became widespread in the 1950's..
Sheep are kept for their wool, skin, meat and milk. On the face of it, you would think that they have suffered the least from the growth of factory farming - here free range actually means free range. Yet, behind the bucolic picture lies suffering on an epic scale.
If you were an alien visitor, by now you would surely be wondering if all creatures on earth took second place to money. And of course the answer would have to be yes. But the biggest shock is yet to come. Dairy cows are Britain’s hardest working mother and she suffers losing her calf every year.
There are many different systems for raising cattle for meat, the least intensive being the suckler herd.
The calf is kept with the mother until weaned and then put on grass until he or she is heavy enough to be killed at about two years old. During the first week of their lives males are usually castrated...
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