Just the tip of the iceberg

The current horse meat scandal is only the tip of the iceberg.

Most of the meat in our supermarkets give 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 have 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 per cent that Defra estimate go lame before they are 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 products so we can know how and where these animals were reared, how long they were transported for and how they were killed.

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