Protecting people means protecting animals and our environment too Credit: CompassioninWorldFarming/RichardDunwoody

The week before we witnessed the worst floods for decades in Germany and Belgium with heavy loss of life. The American West is currently in a cycle of heat, wildfires and drought, threatening the Hoover Dam Reservoir and water for the West of the US. Mega-drought has become a new term for their blistering heat conditions. Iran, which is facing the worst drought in five decades, is also facing riots on the streets as its people protest. Turkey’s lakes are dry, causing the deaths of thousands upon thousands of flamingos. Mexico is reporting crop failures as a result of the…

Oxford Sandy and Black piglets from Lynbreck Croft. Winner of the Sustainable Food & Farming Award — small producer category | Credit: Sandra Angers Blondin

One of my greatest pleasures each year is presenting the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

I’m humbled to share that, since our Food Business programme and awards began in 2007, the total number of animals benefitting (including awards, projects and pledges) is over 2.23 billion.

It’s a real achievement and a great endorsement of the positive change that can happen, when we work together to achieve the transformation our food systems so badly need. …

Happy piglets | Credit: Shutterstock

Yesterday, 30th June 2021, the EU Commission committed to phase out cages in animal farming across the EU by 2027, making it a historic day for farmed animals

I was overjoyed listening to the EU Commission’s press conference yesterday, in which they announced their positive response to our End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative.

My hopes were realised when EU Health Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides stated: “Animals are sentient beings and we have a moral, societal responsibility to ensure that on-farm conditions for animals reflect this. Today’s response is a key step towards an ambitious revision of the animal welfare…

One Health, One Welfare: Why we need healthy food systems for people, planet and prosperity

Out of these difficult Covid times, one thing we have learned is that the well-being of people, animals and the planet are interconnected. That there is ‘One health, One welfare’. At its core is the realisation that protecting people means protecting animals too.

Whilst Covid-19 has been widely linked to the ill-treatment of wildlife, a source of past and future pandemics is industrial animal agriculture, or factory farming.

UK calves in transit for export | Credit: Compassion in World Farming

Today (14th June) campaigners all over the world will unite for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports, spearheaded by Compassion in Word Farming.

Way back in in 1967, concerned at the growing disconnect between modern agriculture and the well-being of animals and the environment, Peter Roberts and his wife Anna founded Compassion in World Farming.

And in December 1972, Compassion first presented a petition to the Minister of Agriculture with over half a million signatures calling for a live export ban.

Intensively farmed pig in farrowing crate | Credit: Compassion in World Farming

EU Parliament lends overwhelming support to ending cages, now all eyes on Commission

An historic milestone in the campaign to end the cage age was reached this week when the European Parliament voted resoundingly in favour of a ban on cages in farming. MEPs adopted a Resolution calling on the European Commission to legislate for an end to the use of cages for farmed animals, with 558 voting in favour, 37 against. In Europe alone, hundreds of millions of animals are forced to spend most, if not all, their lives in cages. …

Face of sow in barren pen with piglets | Credit: CIWF / Xiao Shibai

Monday 14th June will be Ban Live Export International Awareness Day. A day to remember why transporting live animals is cruel and unnecessary and has to end. Ahead of this important day, Peter Stevenson OBE, our Chief Policy Advisor, shares his thoughts on the treatment of all farm animals in industrialised animal farming and why it is so wrong.

Peter has worked in the animal welfare movement for three decades and played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls, as well as a new status for animals in EU law as…

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright

As a keen naturalist and birdwatcher, I spend a lot of my spare time exploring the British countryside, enjoying the abundance and variety that mother nature has to offer. I love to see each wildlife species carrying out its own important and unique role in our ecosystem — whether it’s bees and butterflies pollinating crops and wildflowers, farmland birds helping to disperse seeds, or badgers and foxes helping farmers by preying on rodents.

Credit: Philip J Lymbery

Today is World Bee Day — a time to focus on the incredible and unique contribution these tiny insects make to keep our world healthy. Bees are among the hardest working creatures on the planet, benefiting people, plants and the environment. By carrying pollen from one flower to another, bees and other pollinators support the production of many fruits, nuts and seeds.

Put simply, their role is vital as three out of four crops across the globe that produce fruits or seeds for human consumption rely at least in part on pollinators.

Yet, all around the world, bees are disappearing…

This week has been an historic moment for animal welfare in the UK with plans for key reforms announced by government, including legal recognition of animal sentience and a ban on live exports. These, and a suite of other measures, were outlined first in the Queen’s Speech and then in a Defra Action Plan. In total, 40 measures have been unveiled covering farmed, wild and companion animals, which together add up to the biggest welfare shake-up in a generation.

Plans are only as good as the implementation, of course, and Compassion will press hard to ensure government intentions become law…

Philip Lymbery

Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming

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