Costumed “pigs” in orange jumpsuits – shackled and covered with black hoods – stood beneath a banner that reads, “Don’t Make Foston a Guantanamo Bay for Pigs”. They lead PETA members in a protest against Midland Pig Producers’ (MPP) plan to build a US-style factory farm in Foston. If approved, this industrial nightmare would imprison up to 25,000 pigs at a time, who would never see sunlight or breathe fresh air until they were loaded into lorries for transport to an abattoir at a rate of 1,000 animals a week.
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Many of us will have seen stories in the media about the Schmallenberg virus, the latest disease to hit animals already suffering in severely crowded and filthy conditions. The virus causes birth defects and miscarriages in sheep, goats and cattle, and it effects milk yields in cows and causes them to have diarrhoea. It is believed to have started in Germany, but cases have now been confirmed at 74 farms in the UK.
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This week, three of our brilliant activists hit Cardiff city centre in biohazard suits. Holding signs reading, “Meat Is a Biohazard. Go Vegan”, they were there to let people know about the link between today’s factory farming methods and the increase in diseases spreading to humans. A recent study published in the Guardian listed Cardiff as having one of the worst outbreaks of swine flu in the country.
Cramming animals by the thousands into filthy sheds and forcing them to live surrounded by their own faeces creates a perfect breeding ground for … Read more.
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Recent reports reveal that contaminated German eggs containing dioxins – a highly toxic group of chemicals known to cause cancer – have entered the British food chain, including in cakes and quiches sold in British supermarkets, and the contamination has now spread to meat. The dioxins were fed to chickens and pigs through contaminated animal feed, and once more, the message is loud and clear: eating animal products is bad for your health! In fact, it can kill you.
Dioxins may be the current food scare grabbing … Read more.