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December 9, 2010

HSI Visits Mexican Communities Affected by Factory Farming

Humane Society International

  • According to local activists, pig factory farming has had devastating environmental consequences for rural communities in Mexico. Gerson Sobreira

This month, HSI joined a caravan of hundreds of environmental activists and organizations from Mexico and around the world visiting Mexican communities affected by factory farming and other polluting industries.

According to a 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." Local activists say that pig factory farming has devastated rural communities in Mexico by polluting the air and water, degrading the land, and over-exploiting water and other natural resources. Citizen groups speaking out against these factory farms report having been subjected to repression and intimidation by the industry; however, they are determined to continue the fight against factory farming in their communities and welcomed the support of HSI and other international organizations.

HSI is working throughout Latin America and the rest of the world to raise awareness about the impact of factory farming on the environment, animal welfare, and human health. We can all help fight the spread of factory farming by adopting consumptive habits less reliant on meat, eggs, and dairy products. Read about humane eating and check out our Latin American recipes.

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