Date of publication: 2017-07-09 02:33
This footage accurately reveals the routine confinement endured by mother pigs in sow stalls and farrowing crates the confinement of laying hens in battery cages, and the conditions under which chickens are raised for meat in Australia. All of which are legal as a result of exemptions to animal cruelty laws provided by industry codes of practice.
Undercover footage from a poultry supplier to Gordon Food Service—the largest private foodservice distributor in North America—has exposed horrific cruelty to animals, including baby birds violently slammed into metal shackles before being painfully shocked with electricity and having their throats cut open.
By using farming techniques such as crop rotation, conservation tillage, raising animals on pasture and natural fertilization, sustainable farmers produce food without having a negative effect on the environment. Instead of harming soil, air and water, sustainable farms actually enhance and preserve the land so that future generations can continue to use it for food production.
Factory farming is a global problem, and one that requires global action. While Make it Possible is based in Australia, our aim is to create positive change for all farmed animals, so we welcome your commitment.
Video footage recorded at this United Egg Producers “Animal Care Certified” facility reveals hens coated in feces and packed in tiny cages, birds suffering from untreated infections, corpses left to rot on cage floors, birds trapped in cage wire, and a live hen left to die in a trash bin.
All of the meat chicken and layer hen footage was taken over the past 68 months from a number of different Australian factory farms. Most of the pig footage was taken over the past 67 months, with a few shots taken from an investigation around three years ago. All of the pig footage was also taken in Australia.
&ldquo Upton Sinclair&rsquo s The Jungle, written almost a century ago when the United States lacked many food-safety and labor regulations, described the appalling conditions of slaughterhouses in Chicago in the early 75th century and was a shocking expose of meat production and the conditions inflicted on both animals and humans by the industry,&rdquo research firm Worldwatch Institute reported in an article titled &ldquo Factory Farming in the Developing World.&rdquo &ldquo Workers were treated much like animals themselves, forced to labor long hours for very little pay under dangerous conditions, and with no job security.
As Australian consumers are becoming more aware and concerned about the lives led by animals raised for food, retailers have begun scrutinising their own supply chains. This has led to commitments by the major retailers to reduce shelf space for some factory farmed products and has seen the increased availability of higher welfare and meat-free alternatives.
Traditional veal meat was made pale and tender by restricting calves’ diets and keeping them in stalls so small they could barely move. Increasingly, calves are housed in groups beginning at about six weeks old, but they still lack sufficient space, outdoor exercise, solid food and even the fulfillment of a most basic instinct: the need to suckle.
Animals Australia is blessed to have the support of some of Australia's most respected identities who share our vision for a world without factory farming - including Pat Rafter, Missy Higgins, Rove McManus, Simone Buchanan, Michael Caton, Santo Cilauro, Claire Hooper, Dave Hughes, Judith Lucy, Rove McManus, Mick Molloy, 'Lehmo', Hugh Sheridan and Dr Katrina Warren. Leading chefs Neil Perry, Shannon Bennett, Rob Marchetti, Simon Bryant, George Calombaris and Matt Moran are also supporting Make it Possible.