factory farming


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factory farming

a farming system in which industrial procedures are utilized, e.g. animals in crates moving past a fixed feeding point at prearranged intervals, battery accommodation, debeaking, single animal accommodation with no physical contact between animals.
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The factory farming industry strives to maximise output while minimising costs -- always at the animals' expense.
13) In compiling recommendations on the future of factory farming, the Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production observed in the preface to the report that "[w]e found significant influence by the industry at every turn: in academic research, agriculture policy development, government regulation, and enforcement.
What does it do to our collective character to ignore, dismiss or remain indifferent to the torture of factory farming because our appetite and convenience depends on keeping the system going?
The charity's Focus On Farm Animals photo competition aims to mark the 40th anniversary of its work to end cruel factory farming systems across the world.
In these countries, "restructuring" poultry production in ways that support small-scale operations requires a 180-degree turn away from intensive, integrated factory farming and globalized production.
Pope alludes to a significant yet often overlooked cause of environmental degradation in our country: factory farming.
Avian influenza, mad cow disease and other emerging diseases that can jump from animals to humans "are symptoms of a larger change taking place in agriculture: the spread of factory farming," according to a recent report by the Worldwatch Institute.
Factory farming poses dangers to human health and animal welfare, particularly in developing countries, according to a report out today.
The reality is that as long as they are supported by consumers, factory farming and commercial fishing will continue to exploit human and nonhuman animals, as well as the environment.
It is time to end factory farming, before it ends us.
with Peggy the giant pig, distributed thousands of leaflets and waved banners on Saturday to persuade Tesco to change its policy on the factory farming of pigs.