5 signs we're winning the fight against factory farming

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 14 September 2014

We harp on about factory farms
quite a bit. Not only because most animals raised for food in this
country are living in them — but because life
in a factory farm
isn’t really a life at all. It’s pain,
deprivation, boredom, and suffering.

Also, because pigs and chickens are pretty amazing
animals with unique personalities who are every bit as smart and social
as cats and dogs…

So when we see signs that our collective efforts to end
factory farming are working, it’s reason to celebrate. Here are 5
reasons we’re celebrating today:

Macca's, Hungry Jack's and Subway got the message.

After weathering months of intense public pressure, and a
looming TV
campaign
, McDonald’s Australia announced a
complete phase-out
of cage eggs — their announcement echoed
only days later from Subway Australia who are phasing
out cage eggs across all of their 1,400 stores! Hungry Jack’s is the latest fast food giant to step up for hens in the wake of relentless public feedback. And
if three of the fast food industry’s biggest egg users can stop depending
on battery cages — so can the rest.

Big retail is getting it.

In response to customer feedback, both Coles and Woolworths have stopped
sourcing their own brand pork, bacon and ham products from suppliers
that confine pregnant pigs in tiny crates. The ‘big two’ are
also actively reducing the number of cage eggs on shelves — with Woolies
ACT
now completely cage-egg-free! Not to be outdone by one
IGA supermarket in Victoria
that recently removed all
factory-farmed eggs (cage AND barn-laid) from its shelves effectively
overnight after the release of shocking
undercover footage
.

More cruelty-free products.

In deliciously good news for ethically minded shoppers, the
demand for cruelty-free products is growing — and so is the product
range! Fry’s have just released a stack of brand new meat-free
convenience products
. And old favourites like Linda
McCartney, Sanitarium and the ever-expanding home-brand meat-free range
is gaining shelf space, too!

It’s illegal in the A.C.T.

In an Australian first, several of the cruellest factory
farming practices have now been outlawed
in the Australian Capital Territory. One down…

You.

Because of so many reasons, you are the
biggest reason we’re celebrating. The very fact that you are reading
this shows that you’re one of the millions of people who care. You’re
voting with your dollar every time you shop. You’re talking to friends,
to supermarket managers, and to your
workmates
… You are the reason that Animals Australia had
the funds to launch its most ambitious campaign in history — Make
it Possible
. And your support shows
fast food giants, retailers, governments and industries that they have
no choice but to listen when Australians demand an end to cruelty. Hands
down, you are the reason we will win the fight against factory farming.

When we embarked on the Make it Possible journey two years
ago, we knew factory farming wouldn’t end overnight. It would take
time, commitment, creativity and relentlessness. There
is still much work to be done
, but it’s never been
clearer that we are heading in the right direction.

Every day, over one million Australians are being reminded of
the power they have to free animals from factory farms. Whether it’s on
taxi-backs, billboards, social media or television, our relentless
public awareness initiatives continue to reach hearts and minds.

Three powerful ways to stick it to factory farms today:

  1. Join the Make it Possible fighting fund
    by pledging
    a monthly donation
    to help end factory farming (and get an
    adorable winged pig plush!).
  2. Share this empowering progress
    update with friends.
  3. Take back your consumer power
    click
    here for a whirlwind guide to cruelty-free living.