“It is often said that the United Kingdom is a nation of animal-lovers. The UK is the home of David Attenborough, the first animal welfare legislation, and over 10 million pet dogs. However, we are also largely a nation of meat-eaters. While vegetarian and vegan diets have been on the rise in recent years, 6 out of 7 of us still eat animals. – Chris Bryant
We surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 Brits to find out what they think of common practices involved in farming cows, chickens, and pigs.
A large majority of respondents found each of the practices to be unacceptable. The most unacceptable practices involved keeping animals in small confinement cages – 94% said that it was unacceptable for chickens to be kept in cages with 750sqcm of space, while 96% said it was unacceptable to keep pigs in cages which prevent them from turning around for several weeks.
Even the most acceptable practices were found to be unacceptable by a large majority of respondents. Castrating new-born calves was deemed acceptable by just 13% of respondents, but was deemed unacceptable by 74%. Killing new-born calves who cannot produce milk was found acceptable by just 12%, but was deemed unacceptable by 80%.