Jane's Statement on Intensive Farming Video

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:00am

After watching a six minute clip on worldwide food production, Dr. Goodall lends her voice on why intensive farming is harmful to both our environment and the suffering animals. Read Jane's full statement below.

“During recent years I have become increasingly aware of the terrible harm to the environment that is caused by industrial meat production, which is putting increasing amounts of unhealthy products on the plates of more and more people. Diet related diseases like Type Two Diabetes and cardiovascular disease are rampant. Rates for both childhood obesity are skyrocketing and, at the same time, childhood hunger is a continuing issue.

Industrial meat farming is equally hard on the environment. Huge areas of forest are regularly cleared to grow grain to feed livestock. More and more cows and goats invade the remaining forests as they graze, changing the delicate ecosystem beyond recognition. Cows in particular need large amounts of water. Fresh water supplies shrink in many places where forests are destroyed.

As more and ever more animals are farmed to feed the growing demand for meat, more and more methane gas results from the digestive process. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. This is contributing to climate change.

Conditions on industrial farms are so horrendous that the animals must be given regular doses of antibiotics, just to keep them alive. These get into the environment, bacteria build up resistance, people have already died from infections following a simple scratch because strong enough antibiotics could not be found. (See The Killers Within by Mark Plotkin and Michael Shnayerson).

I find this video immensely powerful showing, as it does, the terrible conditions animals are put in to feed our appetites. It demonstrates not only the suffering of animals (remember, pigs are every bit as intelligent as dogs and all the pictured creatures can suffer, know fear, depression and pain) but also the harm we are inflicting on ourselves. Please watch this video.”

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute &
UN Messenger of Peace


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