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Urgent: Demand a future free from factory farming

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Leading experts agree: industrial farming could trigger the next global pandemic.

Intensive farms are breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses and diseases that threaten human health. Animals are often stressed, crowded, bred for unnaturally fast growth or high yields, and forced to live in their own faeces. Their immune systems are commonly weak, and they are fed antibiotics to stop them becoming sick and dying.

These harmful farming practices increase the chances that diseases will spread in animals, mutate and become deadly to humans. It’s time to fix this broken system – and you can be part of the change.

We’re calling on the world’s most influential organisations, including The World Bank, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, to replace factory farming with a food system that respects animals, nurtures our planet, and reduces the risk of pandemics. Please, add your voice now.

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Join the call for a future without factory farming. Click here to read the petition text , and then complete the form below to add your voice.

Why is factory farming a pandemic risk?

Our new report, ‘Is the next pandemic on our plate?’, details how the next pandemic could originate from a factory farm:

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  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three in four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals. Examples include bacteria such as Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Campylobacter and Salmonella, and viruses including Avian and Swine Influenza.
  • Globally, up to 70% of antibiotics are administered to farmed animals – a perfect storm for triggering the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.
  • Industrial livestock production is a major cause of air pollution. According to latest reports, this can result in serious respiratory disease that leaves people less able to survive COVID-19.

To protect human and animal health, farm animals should be kept in higher welfare systems that rear more robust breeds at lower densities. Under these conditions, viruses are less likely to spread, mutate and multiply. In addition, healthier animals need less antibiotic treatment for bacterial infections, which means these life-saving drugs may continue to be effective for human – and animal – use.

Of course, factory farming isn’t just a major pandemic risk. It’s also the leading cause of global animal suffering and a major contributor to the climate crisis.

What’s more, our over-reliance on low quality, factory farmed animal products decimates critical wildlife habitat, ravages vulnerable communities with air and water pollution and drives mass deforestation.

It’s no exaggeration to say that, to save countless lives, we must end factory farming. Please, join the call for a food system that protects animal welfare, human health, and the environment.

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