Take action for Ireland’s farm animals
Eat Less and Better!
The first thing you can do to help farm animals is not support factory farms by buying the produce. Find out where your food comes from and how it was produced. We need better labelling to inform consumers what systems animals are raised in but as a general guide opt for organic where possible – welfare standards are stricter, flock and herd sizes are smaller, and slower growing breeds are used. Or look for free range. Pigs and poultry are the most intensively farmed animals in the world and any produce in supermarkets is likely to be from a factory farm. If the label doesn’t say outdoor reared, free range or organic the animal will have been reared intensively. It’s very difficult to find high welfare pork products in supermarkets – try your local farmers market, independent butcher, or look online as some farms have a delivery service or there may be a free range farm local to you that sells directly from the farm. Avoid farmed fish altogether. Ask questions about dairy – are the male calves exported, do the cows spend most of the year outside or are they indoors? Some dairy farms keep the cows indooors all year round. It’s worth doing a bit of research to ensure you aren’t inadvertently supporting the live export industry.
The most important thing you can do, and the easiest thing, is to cut down on the consumption of meat, dairy and fish altogether. It is better for our health, for our environment and for the animals of course if we eat less animal produce. Have a few plant based days during the week, mix up dairy with non dairy alternatives. This website is great for easy to follow recipes https://theflexitarian.co.uk/2013/06/the-flexitarian-pantry/ Remember eat less and better!
We are raising funds for an awareness campaign to highlight the plight of pigs in Ireland, almost all of whom are reared intensively in factory farms. Over 3.5 million pigs are slaughtered in Ireland each year but where are they all? We are fed false images of happy pigs in fields but that is far from the reality and the aim of the campaign is to expose the industry’s dirty secrets. Please click on the below if you can help. All donations ae greatly appreciated, no matter the size. Thank you.
Live Export – What can I do to help?
International Awareness Day 14th June 2021
A big thank you to all the supporters who sent in videos and photos for Live Export International Awareness Day 2021 It was a great success with over 150 NGOs participating from 40 countries. Tweets containing the hashtag #BanLiveExports received 62,332,445 million potential views demanding a ban on live exports! Additionally more than 53,000 petition signatures were collected within 24 hours of its launch! Here is a link, please sign and share. https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/83717/petition/1
You can view supporter videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDMRMUBHI1c&t=55s
You can view supporter photos here : https://youtu.be/E2YiWIdT7fs
EFI also launched an information video on the live export industry in Ireland that can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxjCTRHGTPU
Get involved in the next annual Live Export International Awareness Day 2022 – details will be published next year.
Please see below for other actions you can take to #BanLiveExport
Write to your local TDs and MEPs
If you would like to take action against live export please contact your local TDs, Irish MEPs, Minister for Agriculture, junior ministers Pippa Hackett and Martin Heydon, and taoiseach Michael Martin:
Here are some important points about transporting animals that you might want to include in your letter:
- Sea journeys have a detrimental impact on animal health and welfare, and it’s common for the animals to become sick, injured or die from respiratory illness or broken limbs. They can get sea sick in the same way we can.
- Countries outside the EU like Turkey, Libya, Algeria and Lebanon have little in the way of animal welfare legislation and are known to practice inhumane slaughter practices that cause immense suffering.
- Libya is in a state of increasing conflict with rumours of chemical weapons being used and the majority of missile activity is around the ports where the vessels dock. Irish citizens are strongly advised against going there as it is too dangerous.
- Unweaned calves do not have fully developed immune systems and they cannot regulate their body temperature making them prone to illnesses like pneumonia. Sending them on journeys where they have to go up to 30 hours with no feed is not only inhumane it is in breach of EU Regulation 1/2005. Furthermore, investigations by Eyes on Animals and L214 have uncovered violent and abusive behaviour toward the calves at both control posts in Cherbourg, where the calves are supposed to be fed and rested.
- Once animals leave Ireland the Department has no control over what happens to them. They may be vet checked and healthy when they leave but the Department does not monitor or report on illness, injury or mortality and has no idea what state the animals are in by the time they reach their destination. Animals exported outside the EU are no longer protected by any legislation.
- Live export does not stimulate price or competition – there is no correlation between live export volumes and beef prices. The value of live export is a fraction of the value of the whole agri-food export industry. The only people who benefit are the exporters and the handful of farmers who supply them.
EU funding of meat industry promotions
With everything that we know about animal agriculture and the role it is playing in climate change, it is shocking that the EU is still funding adverts to promote meat consumption.
This huge amount of money could go to funding more biodiverse farming systems, not intensive pork and veal production, and whatever else they are promoting. Please sign and share.
Sign and share petitions
- Stop EU Live Exports (CIWF)
- EU Stop Live Export (Animals International)
- Keep petitions against live exports open (Eurogroup for Animals)
- Petition to stop the transport of unweaned calves (L214)
- Petition to stop live animal exports from Ireland (PETA)