Farms Not Factories
Importing cheap pork from these European factories has lead to a 40% decline in the UK pig herd since 1999.How did we get here? Technological advances in animal agriculture, due to their high cost, have meant that intensive farms must produce at maximum capacity to make a profit, maintaining high production levels even at times of low demand. Most pigs raised for meat to be sold in the UK are suffering in factories that cram the animals into barren, overcrowded sheds where they are unable to express natural behaviour such as running, playing, rooting and wallowing. In animal factories, growing pigs are often kept in barren, overcrowded pens. CIWF has found numerous and persistent cases of non-compliance with EU legislation for animal welfare in member states across the EU. In 2009, CIWF found that 100% of farms visited in the Netherlands and Spain had a significant number of tail-docked pigs present. The poorly ventilated quarters, rife with bacteria and filth, has been shown to cause lung damage and pneumonia among pigs from animal factories, with “40-80% of pigs, depending on conditions, showing lesions in their lungs at the time of slaughter”. Pork with high animal welfare labels is sourced from farms where pigs are outdoors – or indoors with plenty of bedding, space and fresh air – and are able to express natural behaviours such as running, rooting, nesting, wallowing and playing. The overcrowding and lack of bedding in factory farms, which leads to tail biting, as well as the stress caused by early weaning of piglets before their immune systems have developed, mean that routine doses of antibiotics are required for factory farms to operate profitably. In the UK, approximately 25% of all antibiotics are given to pigs in animal factories just to keep them alive. The latest government Review on Antimicrobial Resistance reports that the overuse of antibiotics in pig factories is a significant cause of antibiotic resistance in many human diseases. In November 2015, a gene was discovered in factory farmed pigs in China that enables diseases to become resistant to Colistin, an antibiotic of ‘last resort’ in human medicine also commonly used in intensive pig farms. We can help reduce the use of antibiotics in animal farming by joining a growing movement to avoid meat from animal factories that breed antibiotic resistant bacteria, and instead only buy pork raised in high welfare conditions, either outdoors, or indoors with adequate space, bedding and fresh air, where the animals rarely need antibiotics. CIWF,, Zoonotic Diseases, Human Health and Farm Animal WelfareThe Pew Commission,, Antibiotics and Industrial FarmingHockridge E.,, The Soil Association comments on Planning Application 9/2010/0311 – Foston pig farmO’neill J.,, Review on Antimicrobial Resistance: Antimicrobials in agriculture and the environment – Reducing unnecessary use and wasteCIWF,, Antibiotic resistance – The impact of intensive farming on human health: A report for the Alliance to Save Our AntibioticsCIWF,, Antibiotic resistance – The impact of intensive farming on human health: A report for the Alliance to Save Our AntibioticsThe Guardian,, MRSA superbug found in supermarket pork raises alarm over farming risksRule et al. Factory pig farms produce waste that pollutes the air, sickening local residents, and contaminates rivers, lakes and the sea, causing fish kills and destruction of aquatic wildlife. There has been an expansion of industrial soya farms, which has already displaced many small farmers in Latin America, destroying previously sustainable farming systems that worked in harmony with the existing ecosystem, and provided for families and local communities.
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