This from the Real Farmacy - warning this is a hard-hitting dose of perspective of what unsustainable demand looks like, it may (and should) shock some viewers:
As far as I’m aware Joanna, the laws regarding animal welfare in the UK only cover animals raised here – when we source meat from abroad the animals will have been raised according to the standards of the country of origin. So when we buy processed mystery meat, or feed our schoolkids chicken ‘product’ from Thailand, it’s quite likely practices like this have been used. That’s what makes it so cheap….
YUK! is about the only comment one can make on this. Awful for the chickens and what sort of “hardening” effect will it have on the people who are working at any stage in the proceedings (or do people only go in for doing jobs like this in the first place if they don’t have much in the line of “finer feelings”?)
That was truly awful, but can I ask are any of those practices lawful in the EU? I understand the farrowing crates are no longer legal in the UK and only for the first four weeks of pregnancy elsewhere (although what the justification for that would be I have no idea). I guess if we don’t know the source of our meat, then even if these practices are banned in the EU it is still possible that meat is imported that have been subjected to these processes, or is there a law against that?
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