• DAY 319: HOW DO I SAVE FARM ANIMALS? THOUGHTS PLEASE!

    Aug 10th
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    LIVE EXPORTS – a horrendous cause of animal suffering around the world.

    This morning I’m about to head off to a demo in central London against the live export of animals for slaughter. Organised by Compassion in World Farming. Sheep and cows stuck in small trucks for many hot hours. Maybe I’ll get there by going on the tube – to get into the mood so to speak.

    Excuse the lack of blog updates recently, I’m working frantically behind the scenes to start my work on farm animals whilst tying up all the wild animals. So to speak.

    Next week I’m due to travel abroad to visit some farms undercover of which I will update you soon.  Oh and I’m still due to watch Earthlings…been avoiding that a little. Its on my computer.

    There is one big question swirling in my head which I wanted to spill onto the page and get your feedback

     

    HOW DO I SAVE  FARM ANIMALS?

    60 million+ animals a year killed in farms. What possible difference can I make?

    Here are my thoughts. But feedback please before i go off in the wrong direction.

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    ANSWER 1) WITH DIET AND CONSUMER CHOICE.

    I’ll be looking carefully at what sort of impact a vege or vegan diet has on  our bodies, soul, the environment…and of course, the animals. But as usual filtering it through my fairly small brain and loose fingers for ease of reading. Do I need to become Vegan? I’m scared. I know I shouldn’t be but I feel I’m looking over the edge of a high (and fairly unstable) tofu cliff.

     

     

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    ANSWER 2) ANIMAL LIBERATION:

    I’ve been told that liberating farm animals almost certainly ends up in jail time and multiple escaped cows wandering on motorways – in which case one of you will have to liberate me from prison. I’ve made a decision NOT to go down this route as much as you want to read about me running away from a high security farm with a pig under each arm chased by Giles with a shotgun (actually I just spoke to someone about this who WAS chased by a captive-bolt gun weilding farmer). I will however look at rescuing battery laying hens.

     

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    ANSWER 3) RAISING AWARENESS:

    One of the best things I can do is tell a story of what goes on in farms. This is not saving animals per se but its still  the most useful action I can take. The ENTIRE  industry relies on people turning a blind eye to suffering on farms. To the slaughter, live export, rearing, separation. We ignore it and believe the pretty picture on the packet of healthy cows in a green field.

    But here’s the issue: there’s no point me preaching only to vegans, and there is no point doing writing something so grim everyone turns away – like they have always done. So I’ve decided I’m going to look at ‘respectable’ EU farms – not grim siberian slaughterhouses or egyptian market places  – and tell the story of  one animal only.

    I don’t want to shock, I just want to illuminate.

     

    Which aspect of farming is most cruel?

    Which farm animal do people most relate to?

    What story should I tell?

    How can I make a difference?

     

     



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    7 Responses to “DAY 319: HOW DO I SAVE FARM ANIMALS? THOUGHTS PLEASE!”

    1. I think ANSWER 3) RAISING AWARENESS is the best way, and in fact this is mainly the scope of this site, isn’t it?
      But for moral and congruence, I believe ANSWER 1) WITH DIET AND CONSUMER CHOICE should be put in practice as well.

    2. Well, you did say you’d follow your heart, so perhaps that should be your guide in choosing which type of animal. Also, you might take better photographs of the ones you like best – I mean EVEN better photos!
      I think that, during their lifetimes, poultry suffer the most, as they’re so tightly packed and are usually fed on rubbish and, in many countries, antibiotics, so their poor bones and tendons can’t hold them up. People think they don’t suffer because they have small brains, but some of my best friends have been poultry and a lot brighter than many humans. Slaughter and the lead-up to it is always the cruellest part, except that for many it’s a merciful release.
      Calves suffer a lot when they’re separated from their mothers and raised indoors en masse.
      Pigs are strapped so that they can hardly move at all.
      Horses have the worst hell on their journeys to death.
      Goat farms are no longer the old-fashioned type – some have thousands of goats, all crowded indoors. They never get a chance to browse, of course. (Even in Ste Maure, in France, they’re in paddocks of rye-grass! No wonder the cheese is lousy.)
      You could raise more awareness about pangolins and galgos, because fewer people already knew; more people already know that farming and slaughter are cruel, so there’s probably less for you to reveal.

    3. I’m not sure becoming vegan would be the best answer as what would happen to all the existing animals if no one was going to eat them; they’d end up being uncared for, abandoned and eventually slaughtered. I don’t eat much meat because I cannot tell where the supermarket stuff is from and I cant afford local butcher prices (quite apart from not really liking it!)Raising awareness must be a good idea but people have very short memories so its a long term project and when push comes to shove people want cheap food so will bury the truth of how it becomes cheap. As always good luck to you, all of us who do care will continue to do our own little bit.

    4. Sadly not everyone can become vegetarian. Several years ago I did my cordon vert at the vegetarian society. I fed my baby a vegetarian diet and he did not thrive and then at 12 months I gave him a peanut butter sandwich and luckily he missed his mouth whilst trying to eat it or he would be dead now. His whole body swelled up just from having peanuts on his face. I was trying to do the right thing but if you have a particular genetic makeup you are prone to allergies and intolerances and you have to have a wide food group – including meat and fish. I have up trying to be vegetarian when he went to school as it was too dangerous – he is 21 now! I dud and still do eat organic and game as much as possible and try not to feel guilty that I cannot thrive in a vegetarian diet alone.

    5. Hi Julie, thank you for this, food for thought!

    6. animals don’t *have* to suffer in the farming industry. i am vegetarian, however my family chooses not to be. i buy/raise my own animals for their consumption. animals on my farm have a wonderful life, bask in the sun, eat grass, fresh fruit and vegetables and enjoy the affection of people. globally people have and always will choose to eat meat. animals will die, but shouldn’t we give them a respectful life?
      education is always the answer.
      #3 first, then the public will want to choose #1

    7. thank you for this very informed answer! Interesting to hear a more moderate view than the full on vegans. If we are going to have farms of course we must advocate good farms. My fear however is that if we have farming we will always have intensive farming. When animal welfare is pitted against desire for profit, money always wins. But I guess you are right, if we educate enough consumers then perhaps those more compassionate farms may prosper.

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