Scrap Factory Farming - for PEOPLE, PLANET and ANIMALS

by The Volunteers of Humane Being

Scrap Factory Farming - for PEOPLE, PLANET and ANIMALS

by The Volunteers of Humane Being
The Volunteers of Humane Being
Case Owner
We are challenging the UK Government to scrap factory farming and: PREVENT DISEASES IN PEOPLE, PROTECT THE PLANET for our children, and END THE SUFFERING of intelligent, feeling animals
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The Volunteers of Humane Being
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We are challenging the UK Government to scrap factory farming and: PREVENT DISEASES IN PEOPLE, PROTECT THE PLANET for our children, and END THE SUFFERING of intelligent, feeling animals
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Latest: Sept. 19, 2021

Still waiting to hear from the court

Very quick update - we are still waiting to hear whether we will be granted a judicial review. We will be fighting hard to ensure our case is heard one way or the other of course.

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The problems linked to Factory Farming affect us ALL: 

1000s of animals crammed into tiny, unhygienic spaces causes suffering to animals and ultimately to people. Factory farming puts us at risk of pandemics by spreading diseases from animals to people and by driving antibiotic resistance.  It is also a leading contributor to the climate and environmental crises.

We need your help to raise funds to ensure that the Government addresses these issues and better protects people, the planet and animals.  

Animals are farmed intensively in large numbers, globally and in the UK - putting us all at risk. We need to unite and speak up to get the changes that are needed.

Our challenge - what we are doing: 

We want to know why the Government has not already addressed these issues and ensure they do. Current legislation fails dismally to protect people, animals and the planet.

Our legal team, headed by renowned Human Rights QC Michael Mansfield  (recently described as "The King of Human Rights Work" by The Legal 500 and best known for his work on the Hillsborough disaster and Grenfell Tower enquiry), will challenge this failure on our behalf and on behalf of future generations.

What do we want? - We want the Government to take a leadership role and:

* SCRAP UK intensive farming and create a global legal precedent

* STOP the spread of zoonotic diseases and pandemics – we are in the middle of a pandemic that is killing people. 3 out of 4 emerging diseases in people come from animals and unhygienic factory farms are the perfect breeding ground for these diseases. We know that swine flu, avian (bird) flu and mad cow disease have affected the UK - with a number of avian flu outbreaks in November/December 2020. Scientists predict the next pandemic will start as an avian flu

* STOP the acceleration of antibiotic resistance – the widespread use of antibiotics on factory farms, to prevent and treat diseases arising as a result of the close confinement of large numbers of animals in unnatural, unhygienic environments, is driving the growth of bacteria resistant to our medicines; an issue that the World Health Organisation tells us will kill 10 million people a year by 2050


* STOP the contribution of animal agriculture to the climate emergency – factory farms are responsible for significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and devastate our already endangered environment 

* STOP the contribution to deforestation – soya grown in Brazil is imported to feed UK factory farmed animals - contributing to forest fires, deforestation and the loss of biodiversity

* STOP the cruelty to animals that factory farming causes - as a nation of animal lovers most people would be horrified to see the inside of factory farms. Some poultry farms hold over 1 million birds each and there are over 16 million hens in the UK living in cages, each bird given only an area the size of an A4 piece of paper. Pigs are confined in metal crates for up to 12 weeks per year whilst they give birth - and cannot even turn around. Surplus male chicks and calves are killed the day they are born. Tails are docked, teeth clipped and beaks trimmed with no anaesthetic or pain relief. Imagine if we did this to our dogs or cats.

About us:

We are volunteers for non-profit campaign group Humane Being. We believe passionately about this cause and have invested a lot of time and our own money into getting this far. Can people like us make a change on this scale? We believe we can - with your help.

We believe it is now time for all of us - the people, the planet, and the animals - to benefit from positive changes set in stone. We have big aspirations, but sadly not big pockets. We need your help,  which is why we are launching this appeal. We need to raise enough money to be able to challenge the government on these issues.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU: 

We guarantee that every pound donated will go towards funding this campaign and case. 

Every contribution, no matter how small, helps.

With YOUR HELP we believe we can scrap factory farming and improve the world for animals and peoplePlease join us in this bold challenge. 

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Update 14

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Sept. 19, 2021

Still waiting to hear from the court

Very quick update - we are still waiting to hear whether we will be granted a judicial review. We will be fighting hard to ensure our case is heard one way or the other of course.

Update 13

The Volunteers of Humane Being

July 10, 2021

* Meeting to learn about the case - all welcome

Hi all. We are doing a drop in evening – where you can meet the team and ask questions about the legal case - on the 20th of this month (July) at 6.45pm if anyone would like to attend.  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scrap-factory-farming-a-world-first-legal-challenge-tickets-160405951519 

We'd love to see you there

Update 12

The Volunteers of Humane Being

June 22, 2021

Summary document with research

Dear Scrap Factory Farming Supporters

We have filed for a judicial review and Defra's counter legal evidence is due today (22nd June). We have created a document summarising the research which can be view or downloaded here https://78460747.flowpaper.com/FactoryFarmingisharminganimalspeopleandtheplanet/

Thank you for your support.
Jane of Humane Being

Update 11

The Volunteers of Humane Being

June 2, 2021

** We have filed for a judicial review **

Dear Scrap Factory Farming supporters

After a year and a half of planning and researching, we have now started judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in relation to the failure to address risks to human health and life from intensive farming practices.

We served our legal bundle of evidence to Defra yesterday. Our team of barristers, Michael Mansfield QC, Philip Rule and Lorna Hackett, have done a fantastic job. Defra have 3 weeks to respond then it will be allocated to a judge to weigh up whether we get a hearing. We will keep you posted.

Thank you to every single person who has donated (time and or money), shared our posts, encouraged and supported us. This thank you card is from the Humane Being team of volunteers and is for every person who has helped the Scrap Factory Farming campaign Thank you card

Thank you

Together we can Scrap Factory Farming and protect: people from disease, animals from cruelty and the planet from further harm. I truly believe this.

Update 10

The Volunteers of Humane Being

April 27, 2021

** Letter before court action - issued **

Our legal team has just sent the formal Letter Before Action to DEFRA (after a year of us planning and researching!). In broad terms the main argument is the Government’s failure to protect human health from the risks around factory farming. Interwoven are climate messages and points about the conditions for animals and suffering caused.

If the Government fails to provide a good answer, we will file for court and a judicial review.

We have just issued a press release  - please support us on your Social Media and use the opportunity to raise as much noise as you can about the risks and horrors of factory farming 

Thank you for your support and donations

Together we can Scrap Factory Farming and protect: people from disease, animals from cruelty and the planet from further harm. I truly believe this.

 With my very best wishes to you and for our shared hope for a world that is kinder to animals, people and the planet.

 Jane

Jane Tredgett, Founder and Director of Humane Being

E : jane.tredgett@humanebeing.org.uk

W: www.humanebeing.org.uk www.scrapfactoryfarming.org

F : www.facebook.com/HumaneBeing2019 https://www.facebook.com/ScrapFactoryFarming

T: www.twitter.com/ScrapFactFarm

I : www.instagram.com/scrapfactoryfarming

Humane Being is an organisation we run as volunteers to encourage people to live in a way that is kind to animals and protects the planet and people, then supports them in taking action.

 Registered company number 11136859

Update 9

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Feb. 28, 2021

Witness statements needed from experts who can help

We need to build a file of evidence about factory farming.  

We are looking for : 

academics, scientists, lawyers, health professionals, vets, farmers, (ex) food production industry workers, undercover investigators - anyone who can talk with credibility about the farming industry, the need to reduce meat and dairy consumption and factory farms in particular.

We are looking for expertise in all the following areas: 

Animal welfare, Antibiotic resistance, Climate change, Environment, Farm conditions, Food security, Human health, Pandemics, Pollution, Zoonotic diseases, Other related areas.

Form available on www.scrapfactoryfarming.org/legal/

Update 8

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Jan. 22, 2021

A quarter of the way to our target ...........** thank you **

We believe this is a world first challenge on a Government for failing to address the issues associated with factory farming. We can't do it without the help of people like you who feel as strongly about this as we do. We were thrilled to see our fundraiser move past this milestone. Thank you.

Update 7

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Jan. 9, 2021

Global support for our legal challenge to Scrap Factory Farming

This week we have been contacted by organisations in Arizona, Argentina and Australia. We are building up a few key endorsers and ambassadors too. Everyone who has shared and donated is helping make this possible. Thank you.
Keep sharing please, follow us on https://www.facebook.com/ScrapFactoryFarming,  encourage others to donate as well and together we will get Factory Farming Scrapped for good - for people, the planet and animals.

Update 6

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 31, 2020

** Initial target reached in just 15 days ** Thank you

We thank every donor large and small for your belief in the case and in us. We read every comment but sadly have no way of thanking you personally. Please keep helping build momentum and share if you can. Let's make 2021 the year we get Factory Farming Scrapped

Update 5

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 23, 2020

Legal letter submitted to Secretary of State for EFRA

As the first part of our legal challenge, our barristers have submitted a letter to EFRA demanding answers about the Government's plans for factory farming. We believe this to be the first challenge of its kind in the world. 

Thank you for your support.
Please keep sharing and donating and helping us get Factory Farming Scrapped for GOOD

Update 4

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 18, 2020

* Thank you for the donations

Sorry we can't thank you all in person

because of the site set up - this will have to do instead!

Update 3

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 16, 2020

* RSPCA supports call to ban UK based intensive farms & £500 + raised

What a start to our campaign! Thank you.

More details in the other update re the RSPCA vote

Update 2

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 16, 2020

£500 in 3 hours ** thank you **

We are so grateful.  Thank you.

Update 1

The Volunteers of Humane Being

Dec. 16, 2020

Great news - RSPCA members agree RSPCA should call for an end to factory farming

* GREAT NEWS ** - 2 Scrap Factory Farming members proposed a resolution to the RSPCA AGM today and it has been passed with an 88% majority! This was the resolution : That the RSPCA : a. acknowledges the serious immediate and long term issues linked to factory / intensive farming of animals and call for an end to UK based intensive animal agriculture b. joins the many scientists / organisations who are calling for a significant reduction in meat and dairy consumption in order to achieve climate crisis targets, curtail associated environmental pollution, reduce pandemic risk, protect us against antibiotic resistance, enable better global food security and banish farming systems that deny sentient, intelligent animals any sense a normal life, whilst subjecting them to painful mutilations with no anaesthetic or pain relief.

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