Feb 7, 2011
Following on from WSPA’s campaign against factory dairy farms spreading in Britain, we are supporting an event aiming to get political figures to commit to improving
current industrial methods of pork production.
The event held at the EU Parliament in Brussels on February 9, will highlight how intensive pork production methods, like all factory livestock farming methods, are unsustainable and pose a huge risk to animal welfare, the environment, the countryside and farmers.
The Hidden Cost of Factory Farming – Pig Business: Time for Change, will feature a special screening of Tracy Worcester’s documentary film, Pig Business, followed by presentations from experts in animal welfare, environment and health and an open floor debate.
MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) and other policy makers are expected to attend. MEPs will be asked by the event’s organisers to undertake six big asks:
Recognise that the profitability of factory farming depends on externalising its true costs onto the broader community.
Ensure the Common Agricultural Policy post 2013 moves European agriculture away from industrial livestock production to sustainable, humane and autonomous forms of animal husbandry.
Ensure better enforcement and strengthening of the existing EU Directive on the welfare of pigs.
Introduce mandatory method of production labelling.
Introduce a ban on routine prophylactic use of antibiotics.
Ensure national and EU public bodies only source high welfare pork