The current horsemeat scandal is only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the meat in our supermarkets gives us no information about the welfare of the animals.
Of course the higher welfare products carry labels like ‘free range’ or ‘organic’, but other products offer little or no information on how the animals lived and died.
This means that the pork could come from pigs who’ve had their tail docked without anaesthetic, lived their lives in barren pens on slippery slatted floors and never been given a comfy straw area to sleep on. The average chicken could be one of the 27 percent that Defra estimates go lame before they get sent to slaughter – and that’s an awful lot of birds in pain, around 200 million a year.
I think it’s high time that we were given a window into the lives of the animals we eat.
I’m supporting Compassion in World Farming’s campaign to get compulsory labelling of all animal produces, so we can know how and where those animals were reared, how long they were transported for and how they were killed.
Mrs Patsy Embry