Topic

farm animals

6 petitions

Started 8 months ago

Petition to European Food Safety Authority, UK Parliament

Stop cruelty in slaughterhouses : call for mandatory CCTV cameras in abattoirs in EU

Recently we've been shocked by Polish beef scandal, after releasing the undercover footage showing illegal slaughter for sale of diseased and suffering cows (Click to watch: warning, contains scenes of animal abuse). The footage showed incredible animal cruelty, where we've seen cows so sick they are unable to stand, being dragged from trucks into the slaughterhouse using a winch, with ropes tied around their horns and legs.  The quality of the beef has been deemed dangerous for health, containing pressure sores and tumours, indicating that the cows have been extremely sick and lying on their side for days on end. After Patryk Szczepaniak’s undercover footage aired, the EU’s rapid alert system for food and feed was triggered, and it has since been confirmed that meat from this particular abattoir was exported to 12 other EU countries. Szczepaniak said there's evidence of a much wider black market in meat from sick cows operating across Poland and also other countries in Europe.  Unfortunately no more actions have been done to stop that kind of criminal actions and eliminate animal abuse from slaughterhouses. That's why, I am are calling for the introduction of mandatory CCTV cameras in abattoirs in EU countries so abuses can be deterred or detected and reported to an independent body. It’s no panacea, but it could make a big difference, providing a safeguard for both animals and consumers to eat safe meat. Many animal welfare groups around the world are making similar calls and some got it succeeded, so why we shouldn't opt for it in Europe?  Please sign this petition to ban these cruel, illegal practices, so we can prevent further abusive treatment of sick animals and animal cruelty in abattoirs. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/27/secret-filming-shows-sick-cows-slaughtered-for-meat-in-polandhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47034219https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/01/sick-cow-meat-scandal-poland-fears-over-other-slaughterhouses

Katherine Banach
3,506 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to George Eustice MP, Michael Gove MP

Shelter for Farm Animals

There are farm animals across the UK burning in the searing summer sun without access to so much as a single tree for shelter. So I’m calling for it to be a legal requirement for farm animals to have adequate and appropriate shelter. I’m a professional dog walker and every day I see farm animals suffering in the sun in the Darlington countryside. It’s unbearably hot for me to be out there but at least I can limit my exposure by seeking shelter - it’s so unfair that these poor animals can’t do the same. Many farmers have removed hedgerows and trees for more efficient use of farm machinery, leaving cows and sheep huddling around fences in a desperate attempt to get even the slightest bit of shade. We cannot stand by and let these animals suffer in this way. The record high temperatures are especially bad news for cattle as they are known to be sensitive to the sun and heat. Dairy farming organisations are advising that cows are provided with shelter, but some farmers are resorting to applying sunscreen to sunburned cows (1) - something that should only be done on advice from a vet. This problem won’t go away after this heatwave is over - extreme weather is becoming the norm because of climate change. Cows and sheep need shelter from the heavy rain, snow and ice in the winter as well as from the sun in the summer. Currently UK law says that farmers should look after the health and welfare of their animals, but there is no mention of them having access to shelter. Please sign my petition to make shelter for farm animals a legal requirement! (1) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/13/sunscreen-for-cows-uk-farmers-struggle-to-cope-with-heatwave

Kathy Barley
122,032 supporters