CMV: The EU should abolish intensive animal farming by 2030

Sat Jun 02 2018 15:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)


Mara-Daria Cojocaru

Munich School of Philosophy

Lecturer in Practical Philosophy

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* There is a growing consensus, in ethics and in the general population,
that factory farmed meat is highly problematic (for various reasons,
some related directly to animals, others to humans and the environment).
* However, people still consume, in the main, such meat. There is a gap
between what people have reason to believe and how they act.
* Currently, we "privatize" this problem and hope for consumerism to
solve it, while what is needed is structural, political change.
* It is a political task to ban goods that are harmful to the community.
* The way we farm in Europe is mostly driven by the EU's Common
Agricultural Policy (CAP).
* Hence, the EU should work to abolish factory farming, just as it is
banning plastic waste.

Background Information

  • Financial support for producers under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is directly linked to compliance with animal welfare standards. Non-compliance can result in loss of financial aid.

  • The CAP provides special support grants for farmers who exceed minimum standards of animal welfare  and animal housing as stipulated in Community law (see Council Directive 98/58/EC and The European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes)

    • However, organizations such as Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have criticized that between 2014 and 2020 only 0.5% of the CAP budget will be used for animal welfare payments

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