“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world, is done by children”, is how author and poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes put it. His quote came to mind when I interviewed a young girl about her ambition to see an end to factory farming and preserve the health and well-being of all animals on our planet.
Ahead of the United Nations Food Systems Summit on 23rd September, I wanted to recognise the voice of young people and, for reasons that will become apparent, Izzy Rhodes became a natural choice.
Recently turned 13, I first met Izzy three…
August 12th is World Elephant Day. As we celebrate these incredible animals, we reflect on the devastating link between industrial animal farming, the risk of new viruses and the dramatic decline of this iconic species.
Deep in Sumatra’s lush island rainforests roam some of the most majestic creatures I’ve ever laid eyes upon. The Sumatran elephant, one of three sub-breeds of Asian Elephant, is smaller than its African cousin — but size is relative. Standing at nine feet tall and weighing five tons, these magnificent mammals are a sight to behold.
They are highly intelligent, emotional, and sophisticated communicators who…
Transformation — denoting a complete change to make things better — is the ambition of the UN Food Systems Summit scheduled for New York in September.
The Summit aims to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. It is a summit for everyone everywhere — a people’s summit. It is also a solutions summit that will require everyone to take action to transform the world’s food systems.
It was convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres with the words, “It is time to…
Today, on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Friendship, we welcome a very personal guest blog from a dear friend and Patron of Compassion in World Farming, Peter Egan. Peter has long been a tireless campaigner and animal activist, as well as a hugely successful actor of stage, screen and television who includes such well known programmes as Downton Abbey in his extensive acting portfolio.
Celebrating International Friendship Day is a good time to reflect on what friendship actually is and what it means to me.
In order to understand what I mean..I have to relate to…
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…
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. …
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.
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.
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. …