The Scientists & Professionals
“We must recognise that dietary over-reliance on animal products produced by intensive means has created an environmental and human health imperative. Now, at this gruelling time in our nation’s and indeed mankind’s history, it is more important than ever to safeguard human health, reduce environmental impact, protect and have compassion for animals, and of course to reduce the risk of a further pandemic. The recent multiple outbreaks of avian influenza in this country further demonstrate that we need to take such risks extremely seriously. This case, which we believe to be a global first, starts with a key mitigator; the banning of cruel factory farming. Factory Farming breeds and risks incidences of disease, posing a health risk that the authorities cannot continue to ignore.”
Dr. Lynne Sneddon
“Intensive farming of fishes can lead to unacceptable suffering and death of a large number of fishes. That’s why I am supporting the campaign to Scrap Factory Farming. It is time to treat fishes as sentient beings capable of experiencing negative welfare states such as pain, fear and distress. We must make fish welfare a top priority and do our best to substantially enhance the way we farm them. These sensitive animals should be given the same protection and consideration as mammals. Procedures that cause poor welfare need to be avoided and we should not subject fish to pain and suffering. “
Dr. Richard Ryder
“I support the Scrap Factory Farming Campaign because it is long overdue .
Factory Farming causes Pain and Misery.
Factory Farming is Cruelty to Animals. Most civilised countries ban Cruelty by law.
Factory Farmers cannot claim exemption from the general law.
Factory Farming is cruel so it must be scrapped !”
Dr. Richard Ryder
Dr. Richard Dudley Ryder MA PhD (Cantab) AFBPsS DCP FZS
Born 1940, educated Sherborne, Pembroke College, Cambridge (MA, PhD), Columbia University, New York, Edinburgh (DCP) and Tulane University (Mellon Professor in Department of Philosophy). (Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Political and Social Science). Author of ten published books including Victims of Science (1975) that led to the 1986 Act, Animal Revolution (1989) and Speciesism, Painism and Happiness (2011). (Psychology, History, Ethics, Animal Welfare, Psychobiography). Much experience on radio and television, 1970s – 1990s. Created the terms Speciesism and Painism. Started campaigning on Animal Rights in 1969 with Brigid Brophy.
RSPCA Trustee (1971 – 2019), twice RSPCA Chairman, and now President of the RSPCA (2020 – 2021). Political lobbyist with Rt Hon Lord Houghton of Sowerby CH and Brian Davies (IFAW) in London, Brussels, Strasbourg, Washington, Canberra; campaigner in Canada, Australia, Scandinavia and Russia. Co-Founder and President of the Liberal Democrats Animal Protection Group. President of Animals Interfaith Alliance. Lobbyist in Whitehall and Westminster 1991 – 2000 as Director of the Political Animal Lobby (PAL). Active protestor against bloodsports, factory farming, vivisection, pet cruelty and other forms of speciesism. Founder of Eurogroup and Co-Founder (with Lord Houghton) of the Committee for the Reform of Animal Experimentation (CRAE), the Farm Animal Welfare Executive and the General Election Co-Ordinating Committee on Animal Protection (GECCAP) that succeeded in “putting animals into politics” in the 1980s
Dr. Hannah Short
“I am an NHS GP, a specialist in female hormonal health, and a passionate advocate of Lifestyle Medicine. In March 2018, I was privileged to speak on the role of plant-based nutrition in post-reproductive health at the inaugural PBHP UK conference. However, whilst I do consider myself a “plant-based doctor”, I choose to identify, first and foremost, as a vegan one. To some this is a controversial stance; to me, it makes sense and aligns perfectly with the underlying principles of medical ethics: Autonomy (of thought, intention and action), Justice (fairness and equality), Beneficence (do good) and Non-maleficence (do no harm).
As doctors, our duty of care applies not only to the individual patient in front of us but also to wider society.”
Dr. Shireen Kassam
Plant-based health professionals UK was founded in 2017 by Dr Shireen Kassam, Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. It is a community interest company whose mission is to provide evidence-based education on whole food plant-based nutrition for prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Shireen says:
“There is no doubt that consuming animal-derived foods is not necessary for humans to thrive. In fact, there is international consensus that we all need to drastically reduce meat and dairy consumption. This will not only benefit human health but is crucial to halt the climate and ecological crisis we are facing. The continued support of factory farming goes against all our scientific knowledge. As a doctor in the NHS I see on a daily basis the impact of factory farming on human health. Not only are unhealthy diets a leading cause of illness, meat consumption, particular red and processed meat, contributes to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and early death. The vast majority of this meat comes from factory farmed animals. The cramped and squalid conditions the animals endure necessitates the use of antibiotics, which is contributing to growing concerns over antibiotic-resistant infections.
The current pandemic has highlighted how vulnerable we are to new epidemic and pandemic infections, which are inevitable unless we change the way we interact with animals and their habitats. An Avian influenza virus is the most likely candidate for the next pandemic infection. Human health is inextricably linked to the health of the planet and all its inhabitants. As a doctor, my duty to therefore advocate for human and non-human animals alike. This is why I and plant-based health professionals UK are supporting the scrap factory farming campaign”.
Dr. Aryan Tavakkoli
I am a consultant physician providing integrative support to patients with cancer. Every day I see people, many of them with young families, with a new diagnosis of advanced cancer. The impact of a cancer diagnosis on these people and their loved ones is devastating. Many people are unaware of the enormous role that diet has to play in the risk of developing cancer. After smoking, obesity is the largest preventable cause of cancer in the UK, accounting for 6.3% of all cancers. With an estimated 367,000 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year, over 23,000 of them could have been prevented by eating a healthy diet. Processed meat consumption is associated with obesity. Processed meats such as sausages, burgers, ham, bacon, and many beef and poultry products are also classified as Group 1 carcinogens by the World Health Organization. These are the typical meat products derived from factory-farmed animals. The medical literature is very clear that processed meats cause cancer. The continued promotion of these known carcinogens to the public is the cause of untold suffering for thousands of British families, not to mention placing an unnecessary burden on an already strained National Health Service to treat cancers that need never have arisen in the first place. It is time to scrap factory farms
Dr. Laila Kassam
“The world is facing multiple, interconnected crises: climate and ecological breakdown; the 6th mass extinction or what some are more aptly calling the ‘first mass extermination’; pandemics; antibiotic resistance; an epidemic of lifestyle diseases linked to unhealthy animal-based diets; hunger; inequality; and looming ecological and societal collapse. Another crisis that is deeply entangled with all of these, and almost entirely ignored by most, is the unimaginable suffering of the nearly 80 billion land animals and over 1 trillion aquatic animals who are killed globally for ‘food’ every year. As the science shows clearly, animal agriculture is one of the leading drivers of many of these crises. The vast majority of land animals we oppress, exploit and kill for food are confined in factory farms. In my view these crises reflect an underlying crisis of values and ethics. If we are to have any hope of coming turning things around before it is too late, we need to come back into right relationship with our animal kin, with each other and with the living world. We need an urgent transformation of our food system into one which is truly sustainable and just for all – humans, other animals and the planet. As a very first step we need to end the moral atrocity of factory farming – an industry that benefits no one but a handful of powerful corporations who control our food system. We can no longer ignore what is happening. We can no longer say ‘we didn’t know’. We need to realign our actions with the values of compassion and justice we purport to hold, for all our sakes.”
Prof. Amir Kassam
“Animal agriculture is a degrading and inefficient form of food production that is causing enormous harm to animals, human health, and the planet. It is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions and climate breakdown through deforestation and grazing, intensive tillage and excessive agrochemicals for animal feed production, nitrous oxide from manures and fertilizers, methane from ruminants and use of fossil fuel. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, run-off and soil erosion, and flood damage. Animal manure is a major cause of water and air pollution. Over 70% of agricultural land use is allocated to animal production, including feed, which uses up a large majority of our natural resources and blocking other better land use options such as environmental services to society, nature conservation and recreation, reforestation and rewilding, eco-tourism, and mitigation of climate breakdown. An increasing proportion of food grains, which should be feeding humans, is diverted to feed animals in intensive factory farms that house animals in confined and unhealthy spaces promoting suffering, and human health risks. The global factory animal farming system is supported by questionable science and animal breeding and by business ethics that causes permanent physical deformities and disabilities in animals. The profit seeking corporate neoliberal economic and food systems, which are inadequately regulated, and which misinform the public, are key driving forces that sustain this cruel and destructive factory farming industry. An urgent transformation of our food system is needed to one which is sustainable for society and for the planet, and one which is just for all (https://inclusiveresponsibility.earth).”
” In these extraordinary dystopian days, the simple act of banning Factory Farming, would have a profound effect globally , not only towards the restoration of our planet’s ecosystems and the very balance of Life on earth , not only in reducing the enormous scale of untold suffering inflicted upon our beloved animal cousins , it would I believe also create an immeasurable wave of positive energy across the globe as we release ourselves and our Mother planet from the horrific consequences of an industry that completely disregards the preciousness of all life . It is starkly clear to me that there cannot be a future for mankind in a world where factory farms still exist. This is our time now to put things right , this is our time to come back to Life “
“Factory farms are prisons for animals. Millions of animals are enslaved, worked to death and executed. As well as being barbaric, cruel and harmful to animals, factory farming contributes to climate destruction and is damaging to the environment and human health. It risks breeding new antibiotic-resistant infections and incubating new life-threatening diseases that could cross over into the human population and trigger a new pandemic. Factory farms are dangerous, inhumane and must be closed down.”
Picture courtesy Jamie Smith – from the AWP website
“As Ambassador of Humane Being and the Scrap Factory Farming campaign: –
I support and endorse this totally as we have no right to enforce a life of misery upon others, least of all the innocent creatures we are here to protect and nurture.
I urge you to oppose all that is wrong in this world and lend your support and voice to this inspirational campaign.
For the Planet, the people and the animals.
Join us and stand on the right side of history and be the change you wish to see in the world.
Liz Solari & Cher Chevalier
“It is fantastic that we have connected Sir Paul McCartney with the President Alberto Fernández in the hope of implementing MFM in Argentina.
We hope our works to stop the mass pig factory farms in Argentina are just the beginning. If a country like Argentina with one of the highest levels of meat consumption in the world is now taking action towards ending factory farming it is high-time for other nations to do the same. The impact that factory farming has on humans as well as animals and the planet is devastating. It is clear that it is time for factory farming to end. Compassionate living beckons. Abusing nature and killing and eating animals must end. Humanity must respect the sacredness of all life in its totality.
Please join us supporting Humane Being and Scrap Factory Farming. May we end cruelty to animals, factory farming and future pandemics together.”
Cher Chevalier & Liz Solari
I co-founded the pressure group Chickens’ Lib in the early 1970s. For some years we limited our protests to the shocking cruelty inherent in the battery cage system, later expanding our scope to include all farmed birds, from quail to ostriches, including game birds. From early on in our work we opposed the reckless squandering on farms of antibiotics.
I wholeheartedly support Humane Being in its challenge and believe that the protection of Planet Earth is a matter of the greatest urgency.
In my first book I quoted the following inspirational words of Fritz Schumacher. Increasingly, these words serve to sum up my own feelings: “Modern civilization can survive only if it begins again to educate the heart, which is the source of wisdom; for modern man is now far too clever to survive without wisdom.”
“I lived most of my life in the blind belief that animals were put on Earth for us to tame, maim, use and extract “value” from – assets on a balance sheet of a CAFO/Factory Farm and ingredients in the formulation of processed products. At this point in my life, I not only ignored but also actively ridiculed plant-based feminist voices in the workplace and in my personal life. My corporate assignments took me to over 47 countries and, under the garb of being a self-proclaimed food adventurer, I tasted local delights ranging from reptiles to amphibians to even primates! I was clearly high on my Carnist Ego and was living in the land of the blind where everyone from the CXO to the most junior executives measure their professional stardom by the most expensive steakhouse they could afford to entertain at. …
Come 2015, my story took a very dark turn – I was diagnosed with prediabetes, PCOD, hypothyroidism and tachycardia (166 bpm at rest at the peak of my chronic illness). I was also suffering from migraine (chronic; since 8th grade) and would regularly self-medicate for pain relief. In March 2018 with my health worsening by the day – I read The China Study, watched Forks over Knives & Plant Pure Nation; embraced a 100% Whole Foods Plant Based Oil-Free diet overnight and became a veritable case-study of complete healing at the Mastering Diabetes program. In 2020, I suffered several personal COVID-related losses, including tragically losing my father. If animal agriculture did not exist along with such an emphasis on animal-based protein, such personal suffering owing to chronic illness and zoonotic pandemics could be avoided altogether. In the Fall of 2018, I founded The Virsa Foundation, a Boston-based 501c3 nonprofit that exclusively serves underserved communities, especially BIPOC women through our JIVINITI research & strategy programs, women-led coalitioning and campaign-based activism in the U.S., India and around the world. I’m on a mission to help manifest a vegan world, where avoidable chronic illness, animal agriculture and systemic racism are a thing of the past and we can finally restore both public health as well as planetary health. Factory farms (CAFOs) represent the worst nightmare that one species can wreck upon another in the name of food. All my professional might is now devoted to bringing this and related injustices to light and to nudge plant-powered change at an individual and policy level.”