“Consumers became especially interested in animal welfare after series of “scandals” in the food industry, like mad cow disease, foot and mouth disease and others. All of this is a consequence of the factory farming.”
(Dr Mara Miele, Cardiff University)
Majority of farm animals are raised in intensive production systems that have serious negative effects on their welfare. Main goal of those systems is the maximum production for the shortest period of time and with the lowest possible cost. Intensive production systems ARE BAD FOR ANIMALS In intensive systems, animals are often kept in a confined space in semi dark conditions or under artificial light. The overcrowding prevents animals from moving and expressing natural behaviour. Living in this kind of conditions leads to health problems and development of pathological behavior in farm animals. Intensive production systems ARE BAD FOR PEOPLE Scientific research done by leading world experts in fields of human and animal health have shown that excessive use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock production has direct adverse effects on human health. There is a link between distress in farm animals and health of people who had eaten food originating from those animals. Distress in poultry raised on farms can increase the chances of them getting sick from diseases that consequently cause thousands of cases of food poisoning in people. In contrast to that, poultry that has good welfare and live in a way that do not cause distress, has shown to be much more resistant to disease. There is another way!