We Bring Factory Farming Into The Open
to prise open the doors of the secretive, factory farming
industry and to reveal what goes on behind the closed doors of these industrialised animal factories;
to educate people on the benefits – to the animals, to ourselves, to the planet on which we depend – of a vegan lifestyle.
that is why...
...we at Animals Behind Closed Doors have chosen to lead
a vegan life.
A vegan lifestyle means living your life without harming any living being,
in so far as is possible or practical.
not eating any animals or the secretions of any animal;
not wearing the skin, hide, wool, fur or feather of any animal;
not using any products that contain animal ingredients or that have been tested on animals.
A Note From:
GERRY BOLAND, FOUNDER
The vast majority of people wish to live in a kind and compassionate
world and to live what they believe to be an ethical life. You may
disagree, but it is a view I have held for a very long time and it is a view
that has strengthened with time rather than diminished. Raising animals
and killing them so that we can eat them – when eating them is clearly
unnecessary – is neither kind nor compassionate, and it’s certainly
A BRIEF HISTORY
HOW ANIMALSBEHINDCLOSEDDOORS CAME TO BE
Gerry Boland, the founder of animalsbehindcloseddoors was born into a middle-class Dublin family. His father was a civil servant, his mother stayed at home to raise the four children, three boys and a girl. Gerry was the youngest. They ate meat most days, and fish on a Friday. Shepherd’s Pie. Mutton. Beef Stew. Sausages. Rashers. Black Pudding. Liver. Kidney. Roast beef on a Sunday. They didn’t eat animals; they ate meat. Like most people, the Bolands didn’t think of the food on their plates as having once being fully- alive, sentient beings. Meat and fish was the norm. Vegetarian meals were never on the family menu.
In 1982, Channel 4 screened The Animals Film. The two-hour expose of the animal industry caused a furore in the UK and a massive backlash from those industries that relied heavily on exploiting animals. As it was for many, the film was a turning point in Gerry Boland's life.
Three years later, he stopped eating meat and fish and became vegetarian (why it took him three years he does not know, guessing that he had been married to meat for all of his life and he didn’t know how to live without it.) He found himself drawn into the world of animal rights. He became vegan in 1988.
In the early 90s, he, together with a few activists he had come to know well, established an animal rights group, called it the Alliance for Animal Rights, or AFAR.
For many years, every Saturday, they assembled a large information stand outside the historic old parliament building on College Green. They had placards and posters, leaflets and petitions. The posters were graphic and hard-hitting. Dubliners had never seen anything like it. Thousands of people passed their information stand every Saturday.
The majority didn’t stop, yet everyone who passed was aware of what they were calling for: the end of animal exploitation and abuse. Many people did approach the stand. They engaged in discussion, they signed petitions, they took away leaflets to distribute themselves. Some signed up as regular volunteers. Many arrived as carnivores and left an hour later as vegetarians or vegans.
Then, life took over, as it tends to do. A living had to be made, bills had to be paid. As a result, their animal rights campaigning suffered for many years – too many years. A protest here, an interview there, the odd letter in the paper. Then, in 2020, the first lockdown only weeks old, Gerry decided to get back into regular campaigning, specifically on the factory farming issue, as he was acutely aware of how intensive animal agriculture had grown exponentially in the intervening years. Over a twelve-month period, from November 2020 to October 2021, he did over thirty radio interviews, always on the issue of factory farming. When asked by the interviewer what the solution was, he said that people should stop buying animal products that came from factory farming. He also said that people could cut down on their meat consumption and only buy free range or organic.
That initial period of ABCD campaigning is over now.
Now he is suggesting that people should give serious consideration to giving up eating animals altogether.
After all, why as a vegan animal rights campaigner would Gerry Boland be telling people that it is ok to eat meat as long as it is free range or organic?
Higher welfare may alleviate some of the suffering but it is absolutely not the answer; the answer is to stop eating animals and adopt a plant- based lifestyle.
A vegan lifestyle.