Read this letter in the Irish Examiner

We all learn nursery rhymes at school. Many are about animals. Pigs talk to sheep. Cows talk to hens. Dogs make friends with cats. Ducks make friends with donkeys and foxes. All the animals are happy. The humans, too. No animals are sent to the slaughterhouse in nursery rhymes. No animals get eaten.
Then, we grow up. We leave our nursery rhymes behind. We decide to ignore (consciously or unconsciously) what we do to animals (we lock them up, we torture them, we boil them, we roast them, we fry them, we cut them up into little pieces and we gobble them down). Why? Because we like the taste, and because we can. There is no other reason. The nursery rhymes were a silly, childish myth. We are grownups now and we can do what we like to animals.


  • pigs, chickens, hens, rabbits, geese, other animals, too, living out their entire lives in windowless sheds in a crowded and stressful environment, growing at a phenomenal rate that is unnatural and unhealthy
  • animals fed a concoction of drugs, including antibiotics, to prevent the spread of disease, yet still suffering from a wide range of illnesses
  • animals roughly handled and cargoed to a factory that will slaughter them mercilessly and, not infrequently, inefficiently


. . . where the greatest exploitation and abuse of animals occurs worldwide. Despite some improvements in animal welfare – brought about after years of tireless lobbying and campaigning by a myriad animal rights and welfare organisations – the situation today for the factory farmed animal is worse than ever. Quite simply, it is a monster out of control, causing horrific suffering to tens of billions of animals every year, creating serious water shortage and pollution problems, contributing significantly to global warming, and because of its excessive use of animal and crop feed, is a major contributor towards global food poverty.


. . . a worldwide industry, growing exponentially, yet the model is rotten to the core and clearly unsustainable. The animals, no longer regarded as sentient beings with individual personalities and needs, are dispensable commodities. The race to breed and raise and slaughter as many as possible in any given year has pushed the entire model to the edge. It is only a matter of time before the system collapses.


. . . it must be ended and you can help to bring it about.