Animal Welfare and Products
Each year the welfare of the millions of animals raised for their milk, meat and eggs for human consumption is seriously, and often savagely, abused. Furthermore, the way we treat farm animals and process animal products is inextricably linked to our general wellbeing: from human health to environmental sustainability, social justice to food security.
Animals are sentient beings and we owe them a life free of pain and fear, in which they are free to express their natural behaviour as much as possible. With the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon the European Union confirmed animal welfare as fundamental, and to be considered at the same level as the protection of human health. However, despite this important move, minimum welfare conditions are still not guaranteed far too often.
For both small- and large-scaler farmers, making animal welfare a priority is an added value. Good living conditions for animals means better health and less stress for the animals and subsequently less disease and use of drugs, lower production costs and improved product quality in terms of both taste and nutrition.
Slow Food is not calling for a world without meat, but the meat-producing system Slow Food envisages differs sharply from the one now practiced in the developed world. Choosing to eat less but better meat, and favoring local breeds where possible, can have a big impact.
Germany | 28/01/2009 | Germans urged to reduce their meat consumption and adopt a more sustainable Mediterranean diet.
United States | 27/01/2009 | Tamar Adler is trying to convince all of suburban California to buy animals whole
Australia | 14/01/2009 | Scientists advise the consumption of overpopulated introduced species and native breeds.
United States | 08/01/2009 | Move towards approval of drug from genetically modified goat’s milk raises concerns
United States | 05/11/2008 | Study reveals the decrease in genetic diversity of chickens bred for meat and egg production around the world
United Kingdom | 09/06/2008 | Genetically copied cow revealed as mother of eight
United States | 17/04/2008 | A diet that reduces meat consumption while consuming meat
Norway | 16/04/2008 | International meeting on a new alternative for meat production through cell culture
Italy | 10/04/2008 | Novel project to keep Turin parks neat and tidy
United Kingdom | 15/03/2008 | It was important that I saw how the abattoir treated their animals before using the meat Roy Brett
United States | 13/03/2008 | Students take action against industrial pork in their cafeterias
United States | 06/03/2008 |
United Kingdom | 21/02/2008 | Celebrity chefs support struggling pig farmers
United States | 19/02/2008 | 143 million pounds of meat recalled following the release of an undercover video exposing animal abuse
United Kingdom | 11/02/2008 | Tesco slashes price of factory-farmed chickens
Belgium | 15/01/2008 | New reports in Europe and US signal cloned animals could enter food chain
New Zealand | 22/11/2007 | Milk prices double over two years as the world experiences increasing demand and shortages for dairy
Zimbabwe | 31/07/2007 | Meat shortage triggers game park fears
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