The problem Animal food production is detrimental to the environment, but it is unreasonable to conclude that animal consumption will cease completely as a result of this fact. Therefore, based on the assumption that animal food will continue to be a food of choice for some, it’s important to present facts regarding the current status of the animal food production industry.
Factory farming is the current top cause of animal cruelty, globally with around two thirds of animals raised under such poor conditions, and in Australia, close to 500 million animals are factory farmed (Source: Why Veg). Pigs and chickens are the animals most commonly raised in factory farm conditions, with 9 out of 10 pigs in Australia raised in such conditions and 450 million chickens plus 12 million layer hens (Source: Make it Possible).
The ‘five freedoms’ are internationally recognised standards relating to the determination of appropriate animal welfare. These are: 1. Freedom from hunger or thirst 2. Freedom from discomfort 3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease 4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour 5. Freedom from fear and distress. Factory farming absolutely does not meet these minimum standards, only adhering to the first standard.
Furthermore, the factory farm conditions cause greater susceptibility for animal illness and disease and therefore antibiotic use is prevalent. More than half of all antibiotics produced are administered to factory farmed animals (Source: Make It Possible). The use of antibiotics in these animals has potential negative health implications for those humans who eat the animal once it becomes food.
Current national standards, relating to the treatment of animals for food production, in Australia, are merely recommendations and our view is that even they aren’t up to scratch. So, at The Good Food Revolution, we’ve created our own criteria, that animal food producers ought to meet, to be deemed as suitable suppliers to our food retailer members.
Minimise, or stop the consumption of animal food products.
Purchase ethically sourced animal food products.
Support food business members of The Good Food Revolution, knowing they meet a higher standard than those set by our government.