The meat business is booming! Pig fattening: The animals give birth to more piglets than the sows have teats. They are much bigger, wider and heavier than they were 20 years ago. So, small and weak piglets are simply beaten to death on the stable wall. In the first few days almost all piglets are cut off the ring tails and the canines are abraded. After about six weeks they come in the mast. The huge sows have to live half their lives in crowded boxes, penned behind bars, which they often gnaw. Also the cutting off of the tails is tolerated by many authorities.
On average, every European eats almost 66 kilograms of meat per year. But do we actually know exactly where our flesh comes from and what it’s all about before it lands on our plate? What possibilities have the consumers to understand what attitude an animal comes from?
Wo do an investigative research trip across the world .
The hunger for meat has devastating consequences: In China, health problems of the population are steadily increasing due to the changed diet. In Paraguay, the export of food to Europe leads to extreme poverty. In France and Germany, groundwater is endangered by extensive agriculture and the climate is suffering worldwide.
And the most important of all: Many fattening animals meanwhile resemble feed-processing machines and spend their short life crammed together in filthy stables.
EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan had announced that he wanted to boost meat consumption in the European Union with a € 15 million program, even though the meat business is booming, including the eggs!
Even though German households consume less meat, it does not mean that less is produced. The fact is, the meat business is booming, and before it lands on the consumer’s plate as a sausage, for example, it often has a very long way to go.
In addition, Hogan promised farm animal owner to help open up new export markets, and he referred to market voyages to Vietnam and Indonesia. At the beginning of November 2016 he traveled to Turkey as well as to further trips to West Africa, Canada, Iran and the Persian Gulf in 2017. He had already visited Mexico, Colombia, China and Japan with the same intention.
Germany imports eggs to the Ukraine and they sell the eggs to Indonesia. Yes! More corruption is not possible: eggs from Ukraine and Argentina, poultry from Brazil and Thailand. Beef from Argentina, Paraguay and also from the USA, while China prefers meat “Made in Germany”. What is not consumed here then goes to Africa. For example, Germany exports meat to China but gets meat from Thailand. While in Latin America more and more rainforests and savannas are being burned to obtain intensive cultivation of soya as feed ( in order to feed the animals in Germany), we also get meat from Brazil and Argentina!!
In 2015 Germany exported a total of 2.9 million tonnes of pork and imported about 2.3 million tonnes of meat without poultry meat. In order for the meat to be cheap for export, Slaughterhouse and dairy company in Germany received almost two million euros in EU agricultural subsidies. Germany is already the third largest agricultural exporter in the world after the USA and the Netherlands.
As a reminder: the total payments from the European Union for agriculture and rural areas in 2015 amounted to € 56.48 billion. That was about 40 percent of all EU spending !!
But apparently that’s not enough. Countries like China or Saudi Arabia do not pay for their received goods! Because these goods are covered by export with Hermes credit guarantee, so that ultimately we have to pay for it.
Not only meat is carted through the world, but also eggs. In Germany, about 870,000 t of eggs were produced in farms with more than 3,000 laying hens in 2015. 112 farms still have cages. In 2015, 7.8 million tonnes of eggs were produced in the EU, or about 11% of world production.
When talking about factory farming, consumers tend to think of meat, but egg is an animal product too and comes from factory farming. Although caging was banned in Germany in 2010, that does not mean that she has completely disappeared from mass animal husbandry of chickens. The use of eggs in processing has grown because vegetarian meat substitutes are increasingly in demand. These often consist to a large extent of eggs or egg products. Now the consumer wants to do something good by refraining from meat products and in return gets eggs from factory farming from countries in which caging is allowed.
In 2015, according to the EU Commission, Ukraine already delivered 3560 tonnes of eggs and egg products to the European Union. The quantities from there should continue to rise. In Ukraine, eggs are produced exclusively from laying hens in conventional cages.
Because the origin of egg products from Ukraine is not obvious, European animal welfare standards are undermined and consumers are deceived.
Due to the lack of animal welfare standards, the egg products from Ukraine can be offered at significantly lower prices!
A cruel down side of egg proliferation for many consumers is the killing of male laying hybrid chickens: because these animals can neither lay eggs nor exhibit the rapid growth of the grassroots, they are worthless from an economic point of view. Even on the day of hatching, the male chicks are chopped up alive with a homogenizer (a machine with fast rotating knives) or gassed with carbon dioxide (CO2).
In September 2015, the Federal Council approved an application to ban chicks shredding for such a change to the Animal Welfare Act, a claim that was rejected two months later by the federal government. (Source Albert Schweitzer Foundation)
Poultry meat – travels the world
Not only does the EU export meat, it also imports meat.
The most important import item is poultry meat from Brazil and Thailand.
Nowhere else in the world does meat production grow faster than in Brazil. The country’s poultry industry employs about five percent of all workers, directly or indirectly. No country in the world exports more poultry meat. Today, nearly one third of the meat traded worldwide comes from Brazil.
You see: your daily meat comes to you through dirty paths: producers, slaughterhouses, middlemen, suppliers and sellers make sure that nobody can trace this paths back.
And you can see too, that you can not be sure where your meat comes from.
My comment: For a long time we, the vegans, were called spinners and anti-enjoyment moralists. Today there are more and more people who want to live meatless – rightly so.
And they become more and more with each passing day. For political and ethical reasons.
My best regards to all, Venus