Industrial livestock farming is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases in the world. It is also a factor that leads to animal cruelty, spread of diseases as well as use of banned antibiotics and hormones. All these reasons make it a prominent issue that needs to be dealt with.
A new report by World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted how industrial livestock farming needs to be dealt with. The report mentioned that there are many negative impacts on the environment, animals and public health because of this type of farming.
Industrial livestock farming is defined by the American Society of Animal Science as “a system of production which maintains or increases animal numbers under controlled conditions, using feeds that are formulated to be consumed quickly and efficiently.” This type of farming is the most widespread form of meat production in the world. It has been criticized by many for its high animal welfare and environmental impact. Despite this, industrial livestock has expanded rapidly in recent decades.
The World Health Organization should work on developing a framework to deal with industrial livestock farming because they are dealing with health and environmental concerns. They should also work on getting more companies to adopt sustainable practices such as regenerative agricultural practices that use animals as part of bio-systems rather than a resource.
The World Health Organization has a mandate to promote the protection of human health, and with industrial livestock farming being one of the most significant factors that are endangering animal health, on a global scale – it is their responsibility to deal with it. Animal breeding has played a major role in shaping the world we live in today – and not in a good way. It has been the cause of many environmental problems, as well as global public health risks. Industrial livestock farming is now one of the biggest contributors to climate change, due to animals emitting large amounts of methane every year.
Animals raised in industrial farms are often deprived of the natural conditions they need, are fed with diets that make them sick and are routinely given medicines to keep them alive in filthy, overcrowded conditions.
Industrial farms produce huge quantities of manure which pollute the environment (particularly water), pose a serious health risk to people who live nearby and emit large quantities of greenhouse gases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the international agency that promotes good health and helps prevent what are called non-communicable diseases, which mainly includes cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Since industrial livestock farming creates the demand for a lot of animal feed, it also creates havoc with the environment by causing deforestation, soil erosion, water and air pollution.
Hence WHO should also focus on industrial livestock farming to help save human lives from these food-related health issues as well as save our planet from environmental damage.
With the trend of industrial livestock farming on the rise, it becomes necessary for WHO to take an initiative and create guidelines for the safety and welfare of animals.