Factory farms an assault on humanity
By Lyndsay Tulloch, Sandra Kyle, NZ Herald, 7 May 2013
Today, more than 70 billion animals are raised and killed for food worldwide annually, the majority in factory farms.
The factory farming industry strives to maximise output while minimising costs, and intensively reared animals are commodities to be bought and sold in the global marketplace.
In factory farms in New Zealand, 90 million broilers (chickens reared for meat), 3 million layer hens, and 800,000 pigs are killed annually.
The continued use of factory farms is unconscionable, an assault on our very humanity. It is time for them to go. We need to have a sustained dialogue on factory farming in this country, and begin to explore the alternatives.