following grim scenes feature in a new five-minute
Animal Aid film released today (Wednesday, 26th May).
calf no more than ten days old lying dead in a 'zero grazing' shed with
blood seeping from his nose and mouth.
pigs looking for sustenance in a trough filled with faeces.
A piglet wandering across a floor streaked with afterbirth searching for
bin full of dead sheep and lambs.
film was shot secretly in randomly-selected farms across the UK during the
last three years. The images support Animal Aid's argument that modern animal
farming presents a significant threat to human health, as well as an intolerable
burden upon the animals themselves. The film is supported by a new booklet
factory farming making you sick?, which succinctly describes 12 major
diseases that start in factory farm settings but may go on to harm and even
kill people. They include salmonellosis, campylobacter infection, BSE, bird
flu and swine flu. Swine flu has killed more than 18,000 people around the
world, while in the UK alone, it is estimated that salmonella and campylobacter
are responsible for around 450,000 cases each year.
farming making you sick? was produced with the assistance of globally-recognised
expert Dr Michael Greger, the Humane Society International's Director of
Public Health and Animal Agriculture. The 28-page, A5 booklet is available
to the public free upon request and will be going out to agricultural and
veterinary students across the country, as well as to politicians. The film
can be viewed on YouTube as well as on the Animal Aid website.
the summer, Animal Aid will visit cities throughout the UK to underline
the health risks people face when they support an industry that profits
from the exploitation of animals.
Animal Aid Campaigns Officer, Kelly Slade:
must reconsider our treatment of our fellow sentient beings - not only
because of the effect that their abuse and exploitation has on animal
welfare, but also because of the negative health consequences for people,
too. Each one of us can take a simple but important step to reduce the
harm and hazard by adopting an animal-free diet.'
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that global
industrial meat production poses a serious threat to human health. (FAO,
Approximately two-thirds of the 1,400 known human pathogens (biological
agents that cause disease) are thought to have originated in animals. According
to Dr Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture,
Humane Society International, tuberculosis is thought to have been acquired
from the domestication of goats; measles and smallpox from farming cows;
whooping cough from pigs; typhoid fever from chickens; and influenza from
the five-minute film
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