Globally, more than 72 billion chickens are slaughtered for meat each year. In the photo: A 6-week-old broiler chicken

Advocating for Humane and Sustainable Animal Agriculture

There is an urgent need to take action on the pressing issue of factory farming and its impact on the global climate crisis. We believe that by recognizing and promoting sustainable animal agriculture practices, we can create a positive change for our planet and animals globally.

Understanding the Issues

Industrial animal production, commonly known as factory farming, has emerged as a global crisis with severe implications for public health, animal welfare, and the environment. The expansion of factory farming in the Global South, driven by the escalating demand for livestock products, has exacerbated environmental concerns, such as water pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions. This unsustainable practice not only compromises the well-being of animals but also puts human health at risk and contributes significantly to the ongoing climate crisis.

Factory farming is often said to be essential for food security, but in fact undermines food security through inefficient use of resources. It is unsustainable and undermines crucial international targets such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Despite its disastrous impacts, factory farming continues to expand, driving deforestation and habitat destruction. 

In Africa, the rise of factory farming challenges small-scale farmers by replacing traditional livestock production methods. The unfair competition from large-scale industrial farms and multinational corporations forces small farmers into disadvantageous contracts, compromising their ability to choose what and how to grow, ultimately threatening food sovereignty.

Pigs on a factory farm in cages - World Animal Protection

The Proposed Solution

We propose a transition to Equitable, Humane, and Sustainable animal agriculture. This approach recognizes the importance of culturally produced food and the role of small-scale farmers in providing nutritious food. By adopting agroecology and high welfare standards, we can improve animal health, productivity, and sustainable livelihoods for small-scale farmers. This transition promotes responsible use of natural resources, ensuring food and nutrition security through environmentally and socially sustainable food systems. Governments should support this shift by redirecting subsidies to low-carbon, nutritious foods.

What You Can Do to Help

Join us in advocating for humane and sustainable animal agriculture by signing our petition. Your support will urge governments to implement a moratorium on factory farming and acknowledge the importance of sustainable solutions in addressing the climate crisis. Together, we can create a better future for animals, humans, and the planet.

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