Farm Animals

We've Lost Trust in Pre-prepared Food After Horsemeat Scandal

Helen Coen | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Coen

Where our food comes from is a hot topic, and people have lost trust in pre-prepared food - especially after the horsemeat scandal which hit the media in May this year.

The Cost of a Glass of Milk

Philip Lymbery | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

What of the cows that we do not see? Those with little or no access to those fields, those who are tethered and those who are pushed to their limits by excessive milk production? This may not be a familiar image to many of us, but it is the stark reality for a shockingly high proportion of dairy cows across Europe.

Scandalous Tails

Joanna Lumley | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Joanna Lumley

Here were pigs on slatted floors, covered in excrement, lame pigs, injured, bleeding pigs, dying pigs, dead pigs left to rot. It was a horror film - but so much worse than seeing a horror movie, because this was reality. So I'm shocked, shocked that any farmer worth that honourable title would treat their pigs like that. I'm shocked that governments, vets and farmers' organisations haven't seen that the law is followed. I'm shocked that the European Commission is only starting to take action.

Defra: Please Don't Keep Us in the Dark About the Food We Buy

Philip Lymbery | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

You'd think the government would be looking for every opportunity to reassure consumers, by helping us to get as much information as possible about what we're buying. You'd think wrong, I'm afraid.

New RSPCA Chicken Welfare Initiative: Another Reason to Buy Freedom Food

Dr Marc Cooper | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Dr Marc Cooper

Better information about the health and welfare of different chicken breeds can help farmers make informed decisions about the breeds they choose to rear and, just like independent reviews of other products we buy, it could also allow retailers and shoppers to make informed choices about the chicken meat they select.

Why McDonald's Move to 100% Freedom Food Pork Is a Big Deal for Animal Welfare

Kate Parkes | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Kate Parkes

By making this move, McDonald's has shown that it is possible to bring higher-welfare choices to the consumer on the high street, at an affordable price.

Companies Play a Critical Role in Animal Welfare Standards

Mike Baker | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK
Mike Baker

Every year billions of farm animals are raised in inhumane conditions all over the world. Welfare standards vary widely from country to country. Farm animals are often reared in conditions which do not allow them to express natural behaviour; they are pushed to their physiological limits, suffer mutilations and confinement and are kept in overcrowded conditions.

Horse Meat Scandal Highlights a Murky Trade in Farm Animals

Andrew Wasley | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Andrew Wasley

We should perhaps be grateful that the scandal has, indirectly at least, shone a light on a murky, cross border trade in live horses that is as complex as it is secretive. Unknown to most, as many as 65,000 live horses are trucked around Europe each year to feed demand for a meat.

Are Farmers Making You Fat?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK

Farmers may have caused the obesity epidemic by using antibiotics to fatten up livestock, according to a study. Researchers found low exposure to a...

Animal Welfare and Human Welfare Need to Go Hand in Hand at Rio+20

Dr Michael Appleby | Posted 21.08.2012 | UK
Dr Michael Appleby

The final Rio+20 outcomes and goals need to acknowledge the role of animals and their welfare within food production and wider society, and make on-going political and financial commitments to guarantee that we can feed the world's growing population sustainably and humanely.