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WSPA’s Model Farm Project is an international scheme demonstrating more humane ways to farm.
A unique partnership between WSPA and the Food Animal Initiative (FAI), the project provides practical examples of how farming in developing countries can improve animal welfare.
The model farms also provide WSPA’s university partners with a place to research best practice.
On the model farms, farmers and governments are given the chance to learn about new, animal friendly technology.
WSPA has tested and proved that humane farming methods allow farmers to make a profit and to develop their local traditional farming methods.
The next step is to take these methods and spread the word to governments and farmers throughout the world.
Although factory farms are seen as profitable in the short term, they require less manpower and mean fewer jobs in rural areas.
The resulting unemployment contributes to poverty in developing countries.
The first model farms are being set up in Brazil and China, where factory farming is growing most rapidly.
WSPA is also leading the Asian Coalition for Farm Animals (ACFA) to raise awareness of the cruelties of factory farming and lobby for legislative change. We hope to set up a similar coalition in Latin America.
If the Model Farms Project and WSPA’s coalition work influence these two big agricultural economies, other countries in Latin America and Asia should follow.
More information about farm welfare for governments, NGOs and academics is available at www.wspafarmwelfare.org