Clarity on what animal welfare actually means to the animal and comprising both positive physical and psychological requirements into definitions and consequent measures are essential to bypass vague and ambiguous guidelines.
Up to a fifth of dairy cows in the UK are kept indoors in factory farms all year round, never feeling the grass beneath their feet or the sun on their backs. In Denmark 85 per cent of farms were grazing cows on grass in 2001, but by 2010 this had reduced to just 35 per cent . In the US the majority of dairy farms are industrial-scale indoor systems which can house tens of thousands of cows.
Our status as a nation of animal lovers has been a proud hallmark of Britain for centuries. Animal welfare is undoubtedly important to the UK. The country is home to 65 million pets and supporters of the two biggest animal charities in the country, the RSPCA and the RSPB, happily donate almost £200m a year.
At 5.15pm on Saturday, 40 horses will face the starting tape in the 2016 Grand National. They're there because of punters' money that will make the bookies, promoters and the horses' connections potentially rich. The horses get nothing out of it - only fear and a serious risk of imminent death.
If the last law about collar and tag is little known and rarely enforced, will it be the same for microchipping? And if the scanning of the microchip is not going to be part of this new legislation, will all this effort be in vain if you're in the unfortunate circumstance of losing your pet.
We must scale our conversation back more wholly, dismantling the very framework that underpins our prioritisation of spectacle, competition, tradition and recreation over that of animal welfare. Whilst this framework remains intact, progress will continue to be inconsistent. Meanwhile, cruelty will continue to occur on our doorstep.
For the next few days, anyone walking along a UK high street will see endless images of fluffy yellow chicks. Chick cards, soft toy chicks, plastic chicks - the list is endless. But this year, one item really stood out for me: cupcakes with bright yellow icing, made to look like a chick...
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the majority of excited, prospective puppy buyers want to be able to confidently buy a puppy that has the best possible chance of being a healthy, happy companion, and family member. In other words there's no real demand out there for irresponsibly bred puppies.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'll keep saying it until people choose to listen. None of this is necessary. We have no need to use and kill animals for food, clothing, entertainment, or any other reason. To harm and kill another being without necessity is profoundly unjust, no matter how you paint it. There is only one way to bring this injustice to an end; and that is, my fellow animal-lovers, for each of us to be the change by being vegan.
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For egg-laying chicks at least, we are moving slowly but surely to a "post-cage" era. Nestlé, the world's largest food company today announced they will use only cage-free eggs in all U.S. products within the next five years.
All this talk of factory farming may leave you seeking out a so-called 'higher-welfare' turkey, but no matter how they are reared, all farmed turkeys meet a terrifying and brutal end at the slaughterhouse.
Recently I had the great pleasure of attending the first ever 'Dogs in Society' conference arranged by APGAW- the All Party Group for Animal Welfare - a group of MPs, animal welfare organisations, and campaigners using the influence of politicians and experts to raise welfare of animals both nationally and internationally.
So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.