Irish farmer warns that industry must ‘consider a future without intensive livestock farming’
An Irish farmer has told a newspaper that the industry should consider a future without intensive livestock farming.
Darragh McCullough believes veganism will continue to rise and that “it's not a stretch to suggest that livestock farming could go the same way as the slave trade over the next century.”
Speaking to Farm Ireland he said:
“Anyone who ignores the massive issues facing livestock farming shouldn't be in livestock.
“The combined forces of climate change, animal welfare and health concerns about high levels of meat consumption are unstoppable. That's not to say that we can't figure out better ways of producing meat and animal products.
“But it's not a stretch to suggest that livestock farming could go the same way as the slave trade over the next century.”
McCullough also told fellow farmers to avoid “daft claims” made by farmers against veganism.
This included that the world “will go hungry“ if we rely on veganism.
“The assertion that annoys me most is the one about the plight of all the farm animals if the world went vegetarian.
“This is nonsense since the only reason the 25 billion cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and other livestock currently exist is because there's a market for them.
“If it wasn't worth farmers' while putting the animals in calf or producing the eggs, animal numbers would fall.”
“The world is never going to switch to a vegetarian diet overnight, so scaremongering about unwanted animals wandering the highways of the world is just some meat-eater's poorly conceived nightmare.”