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Humane and sustainable agriculture
Briefing - Freshwater use and farm animal welfare (PDF 6.8MB, 7 pages)
The briefing, produced by WSPA and Compassion in World Farming, summarises a report on the Water Footprint of different types of meats and farm systems globally and in four different countries: Brazil, China, Netherlands and the US. It also explores solutions that combine wise water use in farming with good animal welfare.
Report – A comparative study on the water footprint of poultry, pork and beef in different countries and production systems (PDF 413KB, 42 pages)
This report was commissioned by Compassion in World Farming, with support from Tubney Charitable Trust and WSPA. It analyses the water footprint of different farming systems (grazing, mixed and industrial systems) and meats (poultry, pork and beef), in five different regions: Brazil, China, India, the U.S. and the global average.
Briefing - Animal welfare and human welfare hand in hand (PDF 641KB, 8 pages)
This briefing outlines how livestock are an important contributor to food and explores how improvements to animal welfare can boost jobs and livelihoods.
Report - Animal production systems and supply chains (PDF 1.16MB, 66 pages)
This report was prepared by Anni McLeod and Andrew Sutherland at the IDL Group for WSPA. The report describes trends in the livestock sector and the potential for improving animal welfare within food supply chains, while supporting livelihoods and employment.
Briefing - Livestock and climate change (PDF 596KB, 4 pages)
This briefing examines how animals can be farmed in humane farming systems while achieving environmental objectives and without jeopardising food security.
Report - Eating our future (PDF 1.54MB, 32 pages)
Current trends in animal production contribute to climate change, drain our resources and do not provide good animal welfare. However, livestock kept in well-managed extensive conditions contribute positively to sustainability and the environment.
Briefing - Why livestock and humane, sustainable agriculture matter at Rio+20 (PDF 860 KB)
This leaflet outlines why humane and sustainable agriculture must be considered when we look at the future of food and farming. The rearing and use of animals has a major impact on the environment, society and the global economy, so ensuring their welfare can help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development.
Case study: Securing livelihoods with small-scale milk production in Kenya
Find out how a co-operative of small-scale pasture based dairy farmers in the highlands of Kenya is raising productivity, improving livelihoods and increasing food security.
Case study: Beyond battery cages in the EU
A large-scale egg producer in The Netherlands is using a scientifically designed production system that has social, economical and environmental benefits - and provides high welfare to the laying hens.
Case study: Deep litter for pigs
Case study exploring the benefits of deep-litter compost systems for pigs. The deep-litter beds provide good quality compost, reduce water and heating usage and achieve equal or superior piglet survival rate than those raised in conventional concrete floor pig houses.
Case study: Humane egg and chicken production in Brazil
Chicken and egg producers in Brazil are using humane and sustainable farming methods to bring major benefits for businesses, farmers, local economies, the environment, the consumer – and of course animals.
Case study: Community supported agriculture in China
Community-supported agriculture in China provides a sustainable alternative to industrial agriculture. The farms focus on supporting communities and enhancing levels of consumer-producer trust.
Case study: Enhancing rural livelihoods in India
In India, a sustainable poultry model is improving the livelihoods and nutrition of poor rural households, whilst also promoting gender equality. The model is better for animal welfare and less reliant on buying in feed from external providers.
Case study: Humane and sustainable beef in the US
Find out how a ranch that moved from producing calves for feedlots to organically rearing grass-finished cattle is achieving high productivity, excellent levels of animal welfare and supporting local jobs and livelihoods.
Case study: Estudio de caso cerdos
Spanish only. One producer in Colombia is benefiting from the transition to a more humane system for raising pigs. The deep-litter system is improving productivity, the health and welfare of pigs and ensuring that manure is recycled into agriculture.
Leaflets about intensive farming
Intensive farming (PDF 415KB)
Intensive poultry farming (PDF 456KB)
Chinese (PDF 836 KB)
Intensive cattle farming (PDF 448KB)
Chinese (PDF 913 KB)
Intensive pig farming (PDF 477KB)
Chinese (PDF 982 Kb)
Model Farm Project (PDF 1 MB)
Chinese (973 KB)
Long distance transport of animals
Beyond Cruelty, Beyond Reason: Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals (PDF, 1.1MB)
This 40 page report is a comprehensive summary of the book Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals, edited by M. Appleby, V. Cussen, L. Garcés, L. Lambert and J. Turner (May 2008), addressing all the major welfare issues related to transporting sentient animals long distances for slaughter.