Target: Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Goal: Require farmers to take better care of livestock and prevent the millions of deaths that occur each year as the result of negligence
Each year more than 40 million farm animals in the United Kingdom die before they are sent to the slaughterhouse. The causes are traumatic deaths due to fires, floods, neglect, and disease. That is to say, they are all preventable causes of death when proper care is provided. This is a staggering statistic and cannot be permitted to continue. Demand that farmers in the United Kingdom clean up their act and treat animals with the kindness and respect they deserve.
The report, The Uncounted Dead: Farming’s Unofficial Victims, was published by the organization Animal Aid, which is hoping its findings will urge government organizations to introduce measures forcing farmers to disclose the true numbers and circumstances of the animals’ deaths. Accurate numbers are currently not possible without some kind of legislation, but startling estimates have been calculated based on publicly available statistics. In 2013, more than 989 million farmed animals were slaughtered for food consumption in the United Kingdom. Based on statistics provided by the farming trade press detailing the number of animals that don’t make it to slaughter, Animal Aid has estimated that each year approximately 43 million farm animals die before reaching the slaughterhouse.
Among these cases are 700,000 chickens that drowned in sheds during a tidal surge because of improper housing, 2,000 pigs that burned in a fire, another 670 that died in a second fire 6 months later and 50 lambs that fell to their death in a well. These are only a few of the incidents. “Whether people are meat eaters or vegetarians, it will surely be of concern to them that millions of farmed animals perish every year as a result of fires, floods, road collisions, disease and neglect,” Tyler said. “Moreover, these casualties, whose deaths are often traumatic and agonizing, receive virtually no official recognition. No figures are published pointing to the true scale of the phenomenon and there are scant regulatory measures in place to reduce, for instance, the incidence and impact of farm fires and flooding.”
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and demand that the Ministry of Agriculture in the United Kingdom crack down on farmers who do not provide proper treatment or care for their livestock.
Dear Secretary Truss,
Each year in the United Kingdom millions of farm animals die before making it to the slaughterhouse. These deaths are mostly the result of improper care or protection. Some die from disease or neglect, others from fires and accidents on the farm. We owe these animals a great deal of respect, as they keep humans alive and healthy, and their lives should not be so disposable, nor should millions of deaths go unnoticed.
Please pursue legislation that would require farmers to provide accurate and detailed reports on livestock deaths and better care of these animals so that they can have a pleasant and healthy life before going off to slaughter.
[Your Name Here]
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