Our mission is to end factory farming
Factory farming is a machine; a relentless, hungry machine that devours forests and empties oceans in order to feed farm animals kept cramped and suffering in intensive farms. Your tax money is being used to fuel this machine.
The farm animals aren’t the only ones that suffer. The habitats of our most precious wildlife are being destroyed to grow vast acres of protein, to fatten farm animals as quickly as possible. Half of our wildlife has been wiped out in the past 40 years, and the biggest cause is food production.
In the EU we have a chance to demand change. Right now the European Commission is considering how to spend hundreds of millions of Euros of taxpayer’s money on farming. And they want your views. Let them know they need to make the right choice, diverting funds away from factory farming, and towards a policy that protects farm animals, wildlife and all of our futures. A reformed Common Agricultural Policy could end cruel factory farming, and save wildlife at home and abroad from extinction.
Will you help by responding to the CAP consultation?
The heartless and faceless factory farming machine consumes more calories than it produces. It’s so powerful, the animals don’t stand a chance.
Will you help?
If you wish to respond to the full CAP consultation, you can do so here. You can find guidance on answering the questions here.
Please answer the question(s) below and fill in the form to send this email to the EU Commission.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Please find below my responses to the consultation on Modernising and Simplifying the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
A. ABOUT YOU
Country of residence
You are replying
As an individual in your personal capacity
[Your first name]
[Your last name]
[Your email address]
Are you involved in farming?
If "Yes", please specify:
Your contribution: Note that your answers may be subject to a request for public access to documents under Regulation (EC) N°1049/2001
Can be published provided that you remain anonymous (I consent to the publication of any information in my contribution in whole or in part (which may include quotes or opinions I express) provided that it is done anonymously. I declare that nothing within my response is unlawful or would infringe the rights of any third party in a manner that would prevent the publication)
1. Which are the most important challenges for EU agriculture and rural areas?
• Adaptation to trends in consumer/societal demands
• Pressures on the environment and on natural resources
• Climate change (mitigation and adaptation)
3. To what extent does the current CAP successfully address these challenges?
• Not at all
16. Do you see the need to add objectives for a modernised CAP; if yes, which ones?
The Common Agricultural Policy should be replaced with A Common Food and Farming Policy (CFFP). This must of course ensure that farmers have decent livelihoods and foster thriving rural communities. However, it must also achieve the following:
• The improvement of animal welfare should become a compulsory objective and priority.
• Public funding should be used to support concrete and measurable positive outcomes in animal welfare.
• A more comprehensive plan of direct payments should be conditional on compliance with all EU legislation on animal welfare, including poultry production which is currently excluded.
• Minimum spending requirements and compulsory measures should help improve standards for animal agriculture. A 5% minimum spending requirement on animal welfare in Rural Development Programmes should be set.
• No exemptions from cross-compliance requirements for small farmers or other schemes.
• An improved reporting mechanism should be in place accompanied by detailed information and assessment of expected outcomes of payments along with effective sanctions in cases of non-compliance.
• Other CAP payments should ensure that they don’t have an adverse effect on animal welfare.
• Pasture-based farming should be supported with the goal to eventually replace industrial production, thus giving the opportunity to animals to engage in species-specific natural behaviours.
• Food policies should promote sustainable diets, including plant based ones, and consumption patterns which should guide agricultural production.
The core purpose of public funding should be to support a transition to a sustainable, humane farming model. The CFFP must integrate the production and consumption dimensions of food policy.
23. Considering consumer and wider societal demands, where can the linkage between CAP and standards be improved?
• Animal welfare standards
• Animal and plant health standards
• Environmental and climate standards
If you wish to respond to the full CAP consultation, you can do so here.