What You Can Do

Email the Minister for Agriculture with a variation of this message:
Dear Minister
I don’t approve of factory farming. I never buy meat that comes from a factory-farmed animal. It’s incredibly cruel to keep animals in crowded, windowless sheds for their entire lives. We wouldn’t lock our dog or our cat up for their entire lives in an environment where they can’t act out any of their natural behaviours, so why do we think we can keep a pig or a chicken this way? Please, Minister, do what you can to put a stop to this inhumane method of raising farm animals.’


GOOD NEWS!
The really good news is that there is a vegan food revolution taking place before our eyes. There is no excuse any more for any food establishment to say, ‘Sorry, we don’t have any vegan dishes’. Don’t accept it. Tell them they need to play catch-up, and quick, or they’ll be left behind. Then walk out and find a restaurant that can cater for your needs.

Write to your local newspaper with your views on factory farming.
Keep your letter brief, maybe no more than 150 or 200 words. You’ve a much better chance of getting your letter published if a) it’s short and b) it’s in response to something that is in the news.

Write to your local political representatives with a variation of this message:
‘Dear _______,
I don’t approve of factory farming. I never buy meat that comes from a factory-farmed animal. It’s incredibly cruel to keep animals in crowded, windowless sheds for their entire lives. We wouldn’t lock our dog or our cat up for their entire lives in an environment where they can’t act out any of their natural behaviours, so why do we think we can keep a pig or a chicken this way? Please, talk to your political colleagues, try to persuade them that factory farming makes a joke of animal welfare legislation, and that it is terrible for the environment. And if you have the Minister for Agriculture’s ear, ask him, or her, to do what they can to put a stop to this inhumane method of raising farm animals.’

Join an organisation that is pushing for an end to factory farming
(visit our links page)

Sign any online petitions that you come across.
Petitions might seem pointless, but if they are well organised and are appropriately targeted, they can have an effect. Remember, every little you can do is better than doing nothing. Signing a petition won’t stop factory farming, but maybe it will set you on the campaigning road. Think of it that way, perhaps!

Stop eating factory-farmed animals and animal by-products today.
Do it immediately. Better still, stop eating animals full stop. But if that seems like too big a leap right now, start by cutting out any animal product that comes from factory farming.

‘Does your produce come from a factory farm?’
Every time you go shopping for food, or every time you eat out, ask if the meat, the eggs, the cheese, etc. comes from a factory farm. If the answer is ambiguous, don’t buy. If the answer is ‘None of our produce is factory-farmed’, ask to see proof. You are entitled to know exactly where your food comes from and how it is produced.