Keep US-Style Factory Farms Out of the UK
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Keep US-Style Factory Farms Out of the UK

With the increasing threat that US-style factory farms might come to the UK in the near future, it’s sobering to see what animal care standards are like on the other side of the Atlantic. Last year, PETA US undertook a lengthy undercover investigation of a Pennsylvania dairy factory farm that supplied one of the US’ biggest dairy companies, Land O’Lakes.

The investigation documented deplorable, filthy conditions for cows on the farm, such as pens that were filled with deep excrement (see video and photos) and cows who suffered from ailments and conditions so severe that they collapsed and became “downers” but were not put out of their misery or given veterinary care in a timely manner, if at all. The farm’s owner and one of his sons were caught on video electro-shocking cows who were in too much pain to stand up. One of the farmer’s sons kicked a cow and jabbed her with the blade of a pocket knife.

PETA US’ investigation also revealed that cows and calves were kept in pens and barns whose floors were covered with deep excrement, which caused foot and hoof problems and fostered the spread of disease. Calves rescued from the farm had pneumonia, “manure scald”, ringworm, pinkeye and parasites. Some cows suffered respiratory distress and had pus-filled nasal discharge streaming down their faces. Abscesses were common on the farm – some of them burst and oozed pus, even as cows were being milked, as can be seen in the video.

World-renowned meat and dairy industry expert Dr Temple Grandin, after reviewing the footage, said, “The conditions are absolutely atrocious. … It was obvious that the place was seldom cleaned and … that many sick animals were not receiving veterinary treatment. … The dairy manager totally NEGLECTED his animals. … Many animals suffer greatly”. Incredibly, a court found the farmer not guilty of cruelty to animals.

Sadly, abuse and neglect of animals already occurs on UK farms, and farmed animals certainly aren’t immune. But this glimpse at the shocking abuse taking place on US factory farms is a reminder of how important it is that we fight plans to bring US factory-farming practices here.

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  1. avatar Holly Gee says:

    This is digusting, why on earth is nothing getting done, too many people moan about pot holes, trees in the way of drives, and pointless laws why is no one helping these animals. where are all the people in the world that pray to god well does he not state in the bible that we should treat all how we like to be treated. we are animals just like a cow is the same as us, gorillas, all animals are the same as us, we all see, breathe and move so we are living animals. Humans may be able to talk but we should not put ourselves above animals because we can talk, have jobs or drive a car. we are no different to animals just because we have evolved with technology does not mean we should be a bunch of murderers towards animals, you wouldnt go stab your parents or a stranger in the street so why do people believe its alright to do it to an animal because they are weak scared people that cannot find some one there own size to pick on but pick on helpless creatures that cannot fend for themselves because people do not have a back bone and do not prevent this from happening. join PETA or other animal activist groups and strength your back bone and make a statement pleaseee

  2. avatar ida says:

    I can’t believe that the government of a country that is so often dubbed a nation of ‘animal lovers’ could support such a disgusting practice of animal husbandry. Before a vote on any legislation pertaining to this style of farming, MPs should be made to watch the video above.

  3. avatar Jasmine Chen says:

    i cannot believe how many stories i am reading about unneccessary cruelty to animals. i hope these “people” get exactly what they deserve.

    ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING :(

  4. avatar Jan says:

    We are a species out of control on this planet. Unlike animals, (who generally have seasons to breed), we breed throughout the year.Consequently, over populating the world, have no concern of this fact and glibly state “it’s a human right” to reproduce our species. This belief is then perpetuated by arrogance in thinking the animal species are put on this earth for us to gorge and stuff our faces with their dead carcasses because we haven’t got enough food to eat! The animals bear the cost of our selfishness and until we truly understand every living creature on this planet has a right to be there, we will continue in stupidity and animals will die needlessly. I for one, do not want to reincarnate and experience this planet ever again.

  5. avatar KT says:

    I recently written to every single UK supermarket and asked that they install CCTV in all their slaughterhouses; it’s the only way to be sure no abuse is happening. I’d much rather the slaughterhouses were all closed down but we have to start somewhere.

  6. avatar s sureck says:

    World-renowned meat and dairy industry expert Dr Temple Grandin, after reviewing the footage, said, “The conditions are absolutely atrocious. … It was obvious that the place was seldom cleaned and … that many sick animals were not receiving veterinary treatment. … The dairy manager totally NEGLECTED his animals. … Many animals suffer greatly”. Incredibly, a court found the farmer not guilty of cruelty to animals.

  7. avatar Seamus McCartney O'Doherty says:

    I wish animals were not brought into this world to suffer extreme physical, emotional and mental torture & neglect. It is not a necessity for us to eat animals, we have a vast amount of alternatives, in all honesty I wish humans were not brought into this world all together. . I would prefer not to have lived if it meant that all of these animals were spared their suffering & lives, ‘animals were put on this earth for us to eat’ WHAT? if another species were introduced and they said that there would be world-wide chaos, however because the animals cannot speak for themselves there are a select minority of us who have to do it for hem. . ANIMALS SURVIVED PEACEFULLY AND IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT LONG BEFORE HUMANITY, why do humans have to have such cruel tendencies to nature? I don’t think there are even such a thing as wild cows now =( . . . It is an absolute disgrace. I am going to ask for permission off the principal of my school to make a power point and address this issue, state facts, alternatives and ways in which we can collectively bring this cruelty and torture to an end. People are so ignorant and push this issue to the back of their minds as though it doesn’t exist, well I am going to bring the issue straight to them, we may not be able to stop cruelty as individuals but I WILL MAKE A CONSTANT CONTRIBUTION throughout my life in order to get as close as I can to ending all this torture, neglect, testing, inhumane treatments!

  8. avatar Doreen Pryor says:

    I have just watched Countryfile on BBC1 and was horrified at the no grazing in America. Who is kidding who? Looked after, I think not. If 30,000 cows and many pigs are kept in stalls how are they able to be ‘natural’. Can’t think of a much worse fate for them. Answer, don’t eat so much meat and milk much of which is wasted or thrown away. Perhaps people should be educated a little more and shown the results.

  9. avatar libby stubbs says:

    NO WAY DOES THIS VILE WAY OF FARMING BELONG IN THE UK………………….or anywhere else

  10. avatar issy says:

    This is sick.
    Cruel horrific unneccesary torcher.
    Humans are the cruellest race out there.
    Yet if you put humans in the cows situatuion, it would be considered that of a holocaust like the murder of jews in nazi germany…

    How can they have no emotion..not think about the PAIN those poor animals are in.

    I would love to put them all in the cows situation..see how they feel!

  11. avatar elaine dring says:

    this is horrific humans from hell, they need a taste of what these poor animals go through

  12. avatar wendy renshaw says:

    This is vile i cannot believe that a court found the farmer not guilty of cruelty to animals. Are they blind or maybe like to many people intodays society just dont care. They are as vile as the farmer.

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