Belgium, (Brussels Morning Newspaper) The European Union has been asked to end factory farming to mitigate the effects of the current energy crisis.
The request was made by several EU-wide animal welfare organizations on Thursday.
A joint statement urges the EU to end intensive livestock farming as part of an “effective strategy” to contain the energy crisis, a measure it claims goes “hand in hand” with the EU’s commitments on climate change and public health would go
The three groups – BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, Compassion in World Farming and the European Environmental Bureau and Four Paws – also sent their message to EU member states.
Both insist that the EU and governments “should not keep livestock farming alive”.
Industrial agriculture lobbyists are particularly “for more money and secure access to energy”.
But at a time of “energy insecurity” across Europe and the rest of the world, activists say governments should be “extremely selective” about which public goods they invest in.
A statement released on September 22 said: “Across the EU, governments are taking action to save energy, including a shift in pressure to consumers,” the NGOs say, regretting that “all governments across Europe have so far ignored the elephants in the room.” have ignored – industrial animal husbandry, which is very energy-intensive.”
Recently, chicken producers warned that a cut in energy supplies would mean they would have to “go out of production within 18 months” because they require energy at every step of the production line.
This includes everything from heating, lighting and ventilation to feeding systems, transport of feed and live birds and heating of water for plucking the birds, cooling systems, steaming and heating of feed.
The most recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released this year, finds that a higher proportion of plant-based foods, with “greater dietary diversity and reduced consumption of animal-derived foods and unhealthy foods,” mean both mitigation and adaptation benefits and other ancillary environmental benefits.
Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU, commented on this website: “We simply cannot overlook this absurd situation where agribusiness lobbyists are constantly asking the EU for indiscriminate support, even in times like these.”
She added: “Now is the time for governments to stop keeping factory farming alive. Industrial livestock farming ruthlessly exploits animals, has catastrophic consequences for our planet and comes with enormous energy consumption costs.”
Compassion in World Farming has been campaigning for farm animal welfare, sustainable food and agriculture for over 50 years and has representatives in 11 European countries, the USA, China and South Africa with over a million supporters.