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WHY WE NEED TO STOP FACTORY FARMS

In recent years Essere Animali has disseminated numerous investigations carried out inside Italian intensive farms and slaughterhouses, some carried out in collaboration with important Italian and international media, in order to document the conditions of animals bred for food.

During these investigations, violations of animal protection laws and criminal code regulations were filmed.

Our last investigation inside italian buffolo farms

Shocking images from Essere Animali’s latest undercover investigation show the hidden side of buffalo mozzarella production. The videos collected inside 12 farms belonging to the DOP circuit show buffaloes as young as one month old violently thrown, puppies abandoned lifeless outside the farm, buffaloes with severe prolapses of the genital apparatus or tied to the milking machines by their legs, very serious hygienic-sanitary conditions and various irregularities.

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE ITALIAN FACTORY FARM

Contrary to what is often said publicly about Made in Italy, Italian farms are places of intensive production. Here, mistreatments and illegalities are common. As Essere Animali we have documented very serious problems in all our independent investigations.

In particular:

  • Violence inflicted by farm staff when moving the animals or when they resist treatment, such as blows with iron pipes, improper use of electric tasers, lifting cows to the ground with a forklift, kicking and throwing small animals;
  • Mutilations carried out without the use of anaesthesia and analgesia, without the presence of a veterinary and also beyond the age permitted by law;
  • The systematic cutting off of piglets’ tails, an illegal but widespread practice on almost all Italian farms;
  • Agonising animals left to die of starvation or killed in a brutal manner by farm workers, without the application of the correct provisions on the emergency slaughter of sick animals;
  • Animals transported for up to 40 hours in inadequate means of transport, in conditions of suffering and subjected to violence during loading and unloading;
  • Animals subjected to group slaughter, instead of being killed individually so that they do not see the death of their fellow animals, stunned in an inappropriate manner and with death occurring in agony.

Several complaints have been filed to the competent authorities for these mistreatments, but the frequency of such episodes, filmed in almost all the farms under investigation chosen on a sample basis throughout the country, even among suppliers of DOP products, is worrying.In addition to these violations of the law, Essere Animali’s investigations have also shown types and practices of factory farming that, although now legal, are the cause of undoubted physical and psychological suffering for animals, including:

  • Use of cages in which animals spend most or all of their lives;
  • High densities when animals are reared ‘on the floor’ or in pens;
  • Surgical castration of piglets and deboning of hens;
  • Separation at birth of mothers from pups for milk production.

NEW LAWS FOR THE ANIMALS: MORE PROTECTION NOW

In Italy, almost all meat available in supermarkets comes from intensive farms, which could be described as real assembly lines for meat production. In order to increase production and reduce costs, animals are subjected to cruel treatment, often at the hands of operators who are not properly trained.

These places also cause water, soil and air pollution, with very serious cases such as the Po Valley, the most polluted area in Europe, where every day the pollution levels caused by factory farms negatively impact the environment and the health of citizens.

In addition, forests and biodiversity are distructed to make room for the cultivation of feed, imported from countries where the protection of the environment, animals and workers is not adequately implemented.

In addition to this, factory farms are also connected to enormous risks of zoonoses: intensive farms are places where diseases spread rapidly and where species jumps could occur, as happened for example in the case of Covid with mink or bird flu in Asia.

This is why we call for Italy to commit to a ban on the use of cages, a ban on all mutilation, and to stop windfall subsidies to the livestock sector, instead directing public funds to more sustainable production and activities and to reduce the suffering of animals confined in slaughterhouses and farms. We also call for a tightening of sanctions for mistreatment of animals and other violations of protection regulations, providing in the most serious cases for the revocation of authorisations and banning from the activity; the creation of a control system that is absolutely more effective than the one adopted so far, on farms, during transport and in the slaughter phases; and the reformulation of stockbreeding densities, giving animals more space to move, including outdoors, and with the presence of environmental enrichment.

 

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FOR A REFORM OF ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS

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Ministro dell’Agricoltura e della Sovranità alimentare

Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Sicurezza Energetica

Ministero della Salute

In recent years Essere Animali has published several investigations carried out inside Italian factory farms and slaughterhouses, some realized in collaboration with important and influential Italian and international media, in order to document and denounce the conditions of animals bred for food to the Italian judicial authorities and institutions. During these investigations, violations of animal protection laws and criminal code regulations were filmed.

Essere Animali investigations have revealed:

  • violence inflicted by farm staff, such as blows with iron pipes on delicate and innervated points, improper use of electric tasers, lifting cows to the ground with a forklift truck, kicking and throwing small animals;
  • mutilations carried out without the use of anaesthesia and analgesia, without the presence of a veterinary, on animals over the age allowed by law, and the systematic cutting off of piglets’ tails, a practice that is illegal but widespread on almost all Italian farms;
  • agonising animals left to die of starvation or killed in a brutal manner by farm workers, without the application of the correct provisions on the emergency slaughter of sick animals;
  • animals transported for up to 30 hours in unsuitable means of transport, in distress and subjected to violence during loading and unloading;
  • animals subjected to group slaughter instead of being killed individually so that they do not see the death of their fellow animals, stunned in an inappropriate manner and with death occurring in agony.

Several complaints have been filed with the competent authorities for these mistreatments, but the frequency of such episodes, filmed in almost all of the farms under investigation chosen on a random basis throughout the country, even among suppliers of DOP products, prompts me to express my deep concern.
In addition to these law violations, Essere Animali’s investigations have also shown types and practices of livestock farming that, although now legal, cause unquestionable physical and psychological suffering to animals, thus intrinsically violating respect for the welfare of animals on farms, including:

  • use of cages in which animals spend most or all of their lives;
  • high densities when animals are reared ‘on the ground’ or in pens;
  • surgical castration of piglets and deboning of hens;
  • separation at birth of mothers from pups for milk production;
  • forced genetic selection, which produces animals with characteristics intrinsically contrary to animal welfare, such as fast-growing breeds.

I therefore call for a process of legislative reform that will:

  • progressively prohibits the use of cages;
  • prohibits all mutilation;
  • puts an end to public subsidies to the livestock sector;
  • brings about the tightening of sanctions for the mistreatment of animals and other violations of protection regulations, providing for the revocation of licence and banning from activity in the most serious cases;
  • establishes a control system on farms, during transport and at slaughterhouses that is absolutely more effective than the one adopted to date, with the use of CCTV cameras with AI systems and unannounced independent checks by public veterinary staff;
  • reformulates stocking densities, giving animals more space to move around, including outdoors, and adequate environmental enrichment;
  • ensures public funding for more sustainable food production and activities such as plant-based production and works to reduce the suffering of animals that will still be confined to slaughterhouses and farms in the coming years.
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