Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have launched a global campaign in an effort to protect humans, farm animals and wildlife from the negative impacts of factory farming. Stop the Machine highlights the threat of extinction to already endangered species including elephants, jaguars and penguins, as more and more land is sacrificed to grow crops.
‘The launch of our Stop the Machine campaign makes a clear link between factory farming and the decline of some of the world’s most iconic and endangered species,’ Emma Slawinski, CIWF Director of Campaigns, told Copyright. ‘The statistics are quite frankly terrifying: the world’s wildlife has halved in the past 40 years, and it is no coincidence that this relates directly to the increase in industrial farming systems used to cater for consumer demand for cheap meat.’
Not only that, but factory farming systems are inefficient, claims CIWF chief executive Philip Lymbery. ‘The old argument that we need factory farming if we are to feed the world doesn’t hold true,’ he said in an article in The Guardian. ‘Ending the wasteful practice of feeding grain to animals would feed an extra four billion people.’
Stop the Machine suggest that farmers should be given financial incentives to move away from factory farming and government support for alternative farming methods that work in partnership with wildlife.
‘When farming starts to work with nature, and not against it, the benefits are endless,’ said Lymbery.
Words: Ellen White
Read more about Compassion in World Farming campaigns and Stop the Machine here.