Factory Farming - portal to pandemic?

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Wednesday 10 March 2021, 12.30pm
An online lecture streamed via MS Teams Live

It is over 50 years since Ruth Harrison published Animal Machines which first exposed the systemic cruelties of factory farming. Yet now, more than ever, farm animals are treated as machines, bred and fine-tuned to push them to ever faster growth and higher yields with severe effects on their well-being. And gene-editing is poised to exacerbate these problems.

The previous pandemic before COVID-19 was the 2009 swine flu pandemic which started in Mexico, just five miles from a major concentration of industrial pig farms. Will the next pandemic emerge from the inhumane conditions of factory farming? We must move from treating animals as mere units of production created solely to engender cheap food to instead recognising that they are our fellow creatures capable of feeling fear, pain and, if we let them, pleasure.

Peter Stevenson is Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming and is a qualified solicitor. He received an OBE in October 2020 for 'services to farm animal welfare'. He played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls as well as a new status for animals in EU law as sentient beings.

The lecture is FREE to attend, but please register to interest to ensure that you have access to the live event link.

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