October 13, 2011
HSI Launches Petition for Legislation to Reduce the Suffering of Animals Raised for Food in Brazil
SÃO PAULO, Brazil— Humane Society International has launched a public petition urging legislators to consider measures to address some of the most inhumane practices in industrial animal agriculture, and greatly reduce the suffering of animals raised for food in Brazil.
Almost 6 billion land animals are raised each year in Brazil to produce meat, milk and eggs. Many of these animals are raised in large industrialized production facilities, or factory farms, under systems that cause them great suffering.
In the Brazilian pork industry, for example, approximately 1.5 million breeding sows are confined in tiny metal crates, unable to turn around or exhibit natural behavior. In the egg industry, more than 70 million laying hens live in cages so small they can barely spread their wings. Industrial veal production also confines calves in crates that severely restrict their movements.
Since 2008, HSI has been working in Brazil to improve conditions for farm animals and raise awareness about the impacts of industrial farm animal production on animal welfare, the environment, and public health. To reach its goals, HSI partners with food retailers, farmers, government agencies, consumer groups, and other NGOs.
The petition is available at hsi.org/peticao.
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