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Compassion in World Farming is an organisation which is raising awareness over the issue of farm animal welfare. Below is a hyperlink to the CIWF web site, as well as that of its French branch, the PMAF.

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Factory Farming

There is much concern about the ways in which animals are treated in factory farms and the conditions many of these animals are made to suffer when they are transported over long distances.

Some people have chosen not to eat meat at all because of their concerns about farm animal welfare. Many people will only buy chicken and eggs from free-range farms.

Some of the facts published by the CIWF in its education information pack are shown. More detail about these and other issues are published on the CIWF website.

Lamb  © Shirley Burchill

Sheep are exported alive, as far as Italy or Greece, for slaughter and further fattening. Journeys can last over forty hours. Pigs are exported for breeding to be kept in sow stalls. Calves may soon be exported again to be reared in veal crates. Sow stalls and veal crates are illegal in the UK.

Turkey  © Shirley Burchill

Pigs, dairy cattle, chickens for meat and for eggs, turkeys amongst others are often kept indoors under overcrowded conditions. This is commonly referred to as factory farming. Fish, such as salmon and trout, are also intensively farmed.

Calf  © Shirley Burchill

Calves are separated from their mothers, shortly after birth, so that people can drink the mother's milk. Selective breeding to increase milk production increases the incidence of lameness and mastitis and can much reduce a cow's life-expectancy.

Calf  © Shirley Burchill

Although the veal crate was banned across the EU in January 2007, the calves are typically housed on wooden slats and there is no requirement for bedding material after the first two weeks. Fully slatted floors can make standing and lying down extremely uncomfortable for calves. They can cause foot injuries and lameness..

Pig © Shirley Burchill

It is now illegal in Britain to keep pregnant pigs in sow stalls, but it remains common in the rest of Europe. Sows are still confined in farrowing crates when they give birth, and the piglets and fattening pigs are still kept intensively.

 

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