The #HodowcyRazem Agreement presented Commissioner Wojciechowski’s position on the European Citizens’ Initiative End The Slaughter Age.
Representatives of agricultural organizations active in the #HodowcyRazem initiative presented Janusz Wojciechowski, the EU’s Agriculture Commissioner, a position on the European citizens’ initiative End The Slaughter Age.
As stated in the agreement, the End The Slaughter Age initiative is:
- by manipulating scientific facts, it discriminates against animal production,
- has negative impacts on agriculture and consumer health,
- threatens food security.
Goals of the End The Slaughter Age Initiative
The official aim of this initiative is to exclude livestock from EC subsidized activities and redirect EU funding from the CAP to animal shelters, as explained in the #HodowcyRazem agreement.
The initiative tries to convince people to give up proven food sources in favor of solutions that have been tested for a dozen years and that don’t go beyond the experimental trials with synthetic substitutes.
“Ultimately, the initiative aims to eliminate and criminalize all forms of use of farm animals. As an ethical alternative, it proposes the production of cell meat, eggs, bones and skin in labs, and vegetable meat, which is a plant-based meat substitute” – emphasize the breeders. proven and used by mankind over hundreds of thousands of years from food sources in favor of solutions that have been tested for a little over a dozen years and do not go beyond the experimental tests of synthetic substitutes” – they add.
The initiative’s activity coincides with information about the growing financial difficulties of companies promising cheap and mass production of meat substitutes.
As highlighted by representatives of agricultural organizations, the initiative’s activity coincides with information about the growing financial difficulties of companies promising cheap and mass production of meat substitutes. According to the breeders, one can get the impression that this initiative wants to create the market success of these companies with administrative methods.
Manipulating the truth and scientific facts
“The initiative uses a skilled mix of facts, opinions with a large number of errors and manipulations. Many of the initiative’s statements are simply not true. Their duplication is either the result of the lack of reliable knowledge about animal production or is part of a deliberate disinformation campaign (dishonest lobby)” – we read in the memorandum of understanding.
Widespread popularization of modern farms that produce for the needs of the environment and climate protection would jeopardize the existence of environmentally and animal-friendly organizations.
The initiative, which fights for the abolition of “animal use” with slogans about energy consumption in production and climate protection, fails to notice that livestock farming and production are changing intensively in taking animal welfare into account, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and introducing the principles of sustainable development.
“Such examples are becoming more common, and the wide popularization of modern farms producing with regard to environmental and climate protection needs would jeopardize the existence of ecological and animal-friendly organizations. Hence the postulates of a total ban on livestock farming and production,” said the breeders.
Consumer health problems
In fact, the cost of producing “artificial meat” is several times higher than conventional production, also in terms of generating a very high carbon and water footprint.
According to breeders, the proposed changes will lead to consumers losing access to natural nutrients from animal products recommended by nutritionists and scientists, in favor of products whose long-term effect is difficult to predict. However, the cost of producing “artificial meat” is well known – even several times higher than conventional production, also in terms of generating a very high carbon and water footprint, as representatives of agricultural organizations add.
Meat and its products, as in the Middle Ages, will become an exclusive commodity available only to the elite. For the rest of society, there will be artificial surrogates.
“We are concerned about the health of consumers and the proper development of children and adolescents who need the necessary nutrients in their daily diets provided in animal products. The proposed changes will make commonly available meat and its products, as in the Middle Ages, an exclusive product, available only to the elite. Artificial surrogates remain for the rest of society,” reads the #HodowcyRazem release.
Effects on agriculture
Breeders indicate that the activities of the initiative can lead not only to an increase in food prices and a decrease in the consumption of animal products (eggs, milk, meat), a reduction in the number of animals, a deterioration in the profitability of the production, but also a collapse of sectors supporting animal production (feed industry, veterinary services), livestock equipment industries, etc.). In the long run, this could mean an irreversible collapse of livestock farming and production.
Concern for animal welfare has been reflected in legislative solutions at EU and Member State level for decades.
“The initiative introduces the misconception that livestock is mistreated. In fact, concern for animal welfare has been reflected for several decades in the legislative solutions at EU and Member State level, as well as in the didactic content at different levels of education”, emphasize representatives of agricultural organizations. “Animal welfare has been recognized as the main direction for change, and the financial support measures in the strategic plans of the CAP 2023-2027 focus in many countries on priority actions to improve living conditions, transport and slaughter of animals” – they add.
According to the representatives of the #HodowcyRazem Agreement, concerns about unethical animal production, which at the same time destroy the environment and cause climate change, are formulated by people who in many cases are not related to the countryside, and their knowledge does not come from agricultural universities, but is based on unreliable information that is repeated on social media.
“Under the guise of building a future, they offer a world without a future. As a civilization, we are faced with the challenge not only of feeding the growing number of people on a global scale, but also of resisting distorted communications messages that spread misinformation and blur the desired directions of development” – emphasize the breeders.