EU: Bad for Cows; and Humans !

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Jean-Claude Juncker


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Last month you took action against harmful meat – and we won!

We moved closer to European rules against factory farming that floods the market with cheap disgusting meat, as many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were convinced by your pressure. [1]

But next Tuesday a different bunch of MEPs could deliver a big blow to us if they vote to block this progress. This is a harder bunch to convince, as they mostly want to keep things as they are – to protect the interests of big corporations. That’s why we are going to scale up our efforts!

For MEPs their Facebook wall is a big part of their public image -and they don’t want their public image questioned-, so they care a lot about what’s posted on their Facebook walls. If us, their electorate, put our concerns there, our representatives will have little choice but to vote in favour of our health on Tuesday – or be accountable for voting against us.

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Big business swamps the market with cheap meat, so that we consume more and more of it. But this meat is mostly produced from animals crammed in horrible conditions – and by abusing antibiotics. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people get ill from antimicrobial-resistant diseases – an estimated 700,000 of them die globally every year for this reason. [2]

Take Action:

We cannot miss our opportunity next Tuesday: this will most likely be the last vote on meat farming in this legislature – and it’ll be a determining one.

There are reasons to be optimistic. We already influenced many MEPs back in February by sending them public messages via Twitter. In this final vote we plan to use the same tactic – but with a tool many more of us have access to: Facebook.

We must flood our representatives’ walls with messages of concern visible to the whole world: to journalists, to other politicians, to other people like you and I. It’s an easy action, and it can make a real difference for your health.

Take Action:

Many small farmers don’t agree with a sickening factory farming model either – and they’ve come together to say so. In fact, we are mobilising because they called for our solidarity beyond borders, and we came in thousands to join their movement.

Some of the leaders of the farmers movement were recently at the European Parliament, and explained how industrial farming is degrading the soil of their farms, and polluting the water, while at the same time giving them little profits. Many farmers prefer sustainable meat farming, but they need regulations to support them! [3]

Small farmers in Europe are doing their bit – and now our community of action must do ours!

Olga (Bologna), Jörg (Lübeck), Virginia (Madrid), and the rest of us at WeMove.EU

[3] 40% of the European budget subsidizes damaging animal factory farming because big businesses that sell the stuff this farming model feeds on (think pesticides, animal fodder, etc) are at work. They don’t want to go out of business – even if that means persuading us to eat more and more meat, of lesser and lesser quality.

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