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Press Release: Animal Aid concerned by silence on animal flood victims
Posted 10 February 2014
Animal Aid has expressed serious concern over the lack of reporting on the impact of the on-going floods on farmed animals across the UK. Whilst considerable attention has been given to the impact on humans and the financial cost of property damage, little is being said about the farmed animals that have perished as a result of this crisis.
With vast areas of fields under water and access to essential supplies, such as feed, being extremely restricted by flooded roads, it is clear that the scale of animal suffering must be considerable. In the spring of 2013 more than 100,000 sheep and lambs died in the snow and freezing weather that covered the UK, with many starving stranded in fields.
Animal Aid campaigner Ben Martin said:
‘What is most alarming is that no one seems to be talking about the impact on the animals, so we have no idea of the scale of the problem. Even farming industry bodies have made little public mention of it. But what is clear is that, once again, farmed animals are being left to suffer and die in extreme weather conditions. Ultimately, what the public needs to appreciate is that this large-scale suffering in fields and farms is part of the cost of meat and dairy production.’
Animal Aid has written to Defra urging them to work with the National Farmers Union and other relevant farming bodies to produce a substantial account of the level of animal suffering and loss of life caused by the flooding, as well as an assessment of measures that must be taken to prevent future tragedies from occurring.