May 22, 2014
National Farm Animal Welfare Journalist Award Launches in Mexico
Humane Society International’s first annual National Farm Animal Welfare Journalist Award was launched in Mexico. The award program honors outstanding journalistic works that have raised public awareness on farm animal production and factory farming issues in Mexico. SAGARPA, the School of Veterinary Medicine of UNAM and the Carlos Septién National School of Journalism and Zoology are sponsoring the award.
In Mexico, approximately two billion farm animals are raised every year for human consumption. Tens of millions of these animals are confined in industrialized farm animal production facilities, known as factory farms, where they often spend their lives crowded in cages so small that they can barely even move.
“In Mexico, journalists have farm animal issues increasingly in their sights, and more and more people are aware of the disturbing truth about factory farms,” said Elissa Lane, deputy director of HSI Farm Animals. “Journalists have the power to shape and change public attitudes, and to deliver animal protection issues to vast audiences in the blink of an eye.”
Due in large part to increased media attention on the impacts of factory farming on animal welfare, farm animal protection has become a prominent social issue around the globe. A growing number of governments, food retail companies and producers are adopting policies that favor a more humane animal production system.
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- All journalists who have produced works in Mexican media outlets on farm animal production and factory farming issues are eligible to apply. Entries must have been published or broadcast for the first time between January 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.
- Entries will be accepted until July 31, 2014. First place prizes will be awarded for each of the following forms of journalism: print, digital, radio and television. Award recipients will receive an electronic tablet, certificate and special recognition at award ceremony.
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