Around 80% of animals farmed in the EU each year are factory farmed. The image portraying happy animals chewing the cud on green pastures couldn't be further from the truth. What really happens is that these farm animals spend their lives shut in sheds, pens and even cages with many growing unnaturally and having not much else to do but eat before eventually dying in slaughterhouses or prematurely from injury or exhaustion.
The current EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform proposals fail to protect farm animals, in fact, Compassion in World Farming tell us that they are a backwards step for animal welfare and a huge missed opportunity for us to move towards more humane and sustainable farming practices.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are currently conducting a consultation into the CAP reform proposals and it is now time to take this opportunity and tell Defra that animal welfare is an important part of the EU agricultural policy.
Please can you spare a little time to fill in a few details here and send the readily prepared response to Defra's consultation on these proposed reforms? Every response increases the pressure on Defra to act in the best interest of farm animal welfare so please ask your friends and family to do the same.