If it was that bad surely the government would ban it??

Cages for hens, crates for mother pigs, barren pens for piglets, unethical and extreme genetic breeding of chickens for meat: surely it wouldn’t be allowed if it was so bad? This is the question we at SAFE often get asked, yet it is a question that assumes someone else should do something about the problem.

Credit: Simon Oosterman

You could say the same at each stage of the supply chain – surely the farmer loves his chickens? Surely the supermarket would not want cruelly produced products on its shelves? Surely the customer wouldn’t buy the eggs (or sausages, or chicken products) that have come from factory farms? Each of us in fact has the opportunity to make a compassionate choice for the animals.

Factory farming practices were developed decades ago to create ever-more efficiencies in farm production, in a time when scientists couldn’t comprehend that animals weren’t just machines. Now science is catching up with common sense: we know that animals are thinking, feeling individuals with personalities as unique as yours or mine – and we know how similar their capacity to suffer is to ours.

New Zealanders against factory farming

The support shown by well-known Kiwis featured in the current SAFE television advertising confirms the Stop Factory Farming message is mainstream opinion. While shopping habits are hard to change there is no question the majority of New Zealanders support the end of factory farming methods such as battery cages. There is a growing chasm between the economic interests of corporate farmers and animal-loving consumers.

Bronwyn Turei Stop Factory Farming

This year we have seen new footage of cruel conditions on New Zealand pig farms; a government report in September confirmed 80% of chickens bred for meat are visibly lame; and eggs from hens trapped in the recently introduced colony cages are being sold without being labelled as ‘cage eggs’. These examples of continued legalised cruelty go against everything we consider to be ‘true Kiwi’.

Ben & Jono Stop Factory Farming

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Nobody has to be a part of it. Factory farming will end when ordinary Kiwis, consumers, customers, rugby players, Auckland latte drinkers and Timaru wharf workers stop buying cage eggs and chicken and pork products from intensive farms.

Kevin Milne Stop Factory Farming

By working with the retailers, lobbying politicians and most importantly encouraging compassionate, animal-friendly choices by consumers, we will see the end of factory farming. By not buying factory-farmed products you remove financial support, and do your bit to Stop Factory Farming! Join the campaign, and join SAFE as we challenge cruelty.

Eliot Pryor, Campaign Director


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynda Fraser says:

    oh that it were legal to stuff these farmers, supermarket owners, and politicians in cages for 6 months to see how they fare? Maybe then we would get some help for these animals? although in all honesty I still wouldn’t hold my breath!!!

  2. aaroncrossnz says:

    Too true. Murder rape and violence are illegal by law because people can’t be trusted to live by a sound moral conscience alone. That same void of moral ethics is what leads to the perpetuation of unsound businesses that use animals purely as economic units. Legislation needs to catch up. Moral attitudes need to catch up. In the meantime the suffering goes on, day in, day out, for the benefit of balance sheets and profit margins.

    We are failing our animals and the failure begins right at the very top, and ends with us.

  3. Kath says:

    But, what really is the point of fighting to end factory farming? The “free range” egg farms are unregulated (self regulated), and they are almost identical in their cruelty to hens as the caged egg farms. The free range hens are still all killed (horrifically cruelly) at 18 months of age, when their lifespan should be 10-15 years. I have seen pictures of these “free range” farms where the hens are packed by the thousands into a huge barn, with a tiny door the size of a shoe box at one end. This is their access to the outside world, required to be called “free range”. It’s a bad joke.

    Pigs that are not put in sow stalls will still be raised in overcrowded conditions, and killed at six months of age, while still babies, instead of living their lives out until the age of fifteen years. They will die in agony at the slaughterhouse.

    Why don’t you promote veganism, as that is the only answer?

    1. SAFE says:

      Hi Kath, we do promote veganism. See http://www.goveg.org.nz (it is all vegan). Mandy

  4. Shannon Adams says:

    Is there a SAFE in the United States?

    1. SAFE says:

      Hi, we’re just based in New Zealand.

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