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WSPA’s call for farm animal welfare builds global momentum

Apr 4, 2012

To date, nearly 100,000 people have supported Pawprint – WSPA’s campaign urging world leaders to put farm animal welfare on the agenda at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”). Farm animals belong at this conference – WSPA’s practical farm-based case studies and credible research is providing evidence that good animal welfare also benefits people and the planet.

Billions of animals suffer on a daily basis in industrial farms. Pigs, chickens and cows are confined, unable to move freely, breathe fresh air or feel the sunlight. Not only is this one of the worst animal abuses in the world, it has significant knock on effects for people and the planet too.

Taking action: A better future for farm animals

Through Pawprint, people from every corner of the globe have written world leaders asking that animal welfare be added to the Rio+20 agenda. WSPA will be submitting the full petition to the UN Secretariat in the coming weeks.

WSPA has also been lobbying the UN directly, most recently co-sponsoring a High Level Roundtable on Humane and Sustainable Agriculture. There, we presented new case study and research evidence proving that the rapid increase of livestock production is causing a strain on the environment as well as resulting in shockingly poor welfare for huge numbers of animals.

This successful meeting led to the inclusion of farm animal welfare in the resulting Outcome Food Charter which outlines how our food production must change. The Charter will now be used to persuade world leaders of the importance of humane, sustainable farming in the run up to Rio+20.

New report: Freshwater use and farm animal welfare

WSPA and Compassion in World Farming recently released a joint report on the use of freshwater in agriculture. The report included staggering evidence that:

  • One quarter of all global freshwater use is for animal production, mostly to grow animal feeds
  • Producing grain-based animal feeds uses 43 times more irrigation water per kilogram of feed than is needed for grass-based animal feeds.

WSPA’s growing body of evidence from around the world shows that, where industrial farming swiftly uses up our precious natural resources, the humane and sustainable treatment of farms animals can actually increase food security, economic growth and environmental benefits.

Feeding the planet is one of the most profound issues we face today, as individuals and as a global community,” said Dr. Lesley Lambert, Chief Policy Advisor at WSPA. “To do so, we must act now to make the future of farming more sustainable on all levels.

Take action – ask world leaders to make animal welfare in farming a priority >>

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