Global: Farmed animals suffer amid exploding meat demand

Published Mar 17, 2023

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The global production of animal flesh for human consumption was 45% higher in 2020 than in 2000 as the global taste for meat skyrockets. The carnal boom is being fed through increased farming intensity, with animals such as chickens and pigs kept in smaller, more restrictive spaces such as cages, pens and stalls. Though in the European Union, 94% of citizens are concerned for the welfare of farmed animals — and near 60% are prepared to pay more animal welfare-friendly meat production — the caging of hens, pigs or rabbits remains widespread. Welfare concerns extend to the environment. For one, animal meat production is bad for the climate, producing 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions — roughly equivalent to the entire global transport sector, according to Greenpeace. Nitrogen-rich feed given to meat-producing animals also produces manure high in toxic ammonia, which in turn produces the potent greenhouse gas, nitrogen oxide. Ammonia impacts animal welfare by damaging the eyes ...
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