Animal Farming


Each year in the UK, around 1,000 million animals are killed for food. This figure doesn’t include fish, who are killed in such vast numbers that they are counted in tonnes.

Intensive farming exists to produce meat, eggs and dairy products as quickly and cheaply as possible. To keep production costs down the animals are given the bare minimum they need to survive. They are fattened in huge, dirty, cramped sheds and deprived of everything that makes life worth living. They can hardly stretch their wings or legs and will never be able to roam.

But whether they are raised on a factory farm or under a so-called ‘higher welfare’ method, all these animals will be killed at just a fraction of their natural lifespan. At the slaughterhouse, they will face a terrifying and brutal death. Animal Aid has conducted undercover investigations inside 11 randomly chosen UK slaughterhouses and found evidence of lawbreaking in ten of them. This included animals being beaten, kicked and burnt with cigarettes.

As well as exposing the horror of animal farming, we promote veganism, since this is a powerful step that anyone can take to help end the suffering of farmed animals.


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Undercover Investigations

Lower Egford FarmThis section details the influential undercover investigations that Animal Aid has undertaken in order to expose conditions endured by farmed animals.

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Key Reports and Briefings

Trouble with Animal Farming cover imageAnimal Aid has produced a wide range of revealing and thoroughly researched reports and briefings on animal farming topics. Among areas covered are: factory farming and human health, the truth about ‘higher welfare’ products and the fishing industry.

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Campaign news

Andrew Tyler

It is with enormous sadness we have to announce that our much-loved former Director, Andrew, passed away on Friday 28th April.

Posted 28 Apr 2017

Andrew and the Animal Aid family

Statement on Bowood Slaughterhouse Trial

Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Kerr ruled today at the High Court in Leeds that the defendants in the Bowood slaughterhouse case, which relates to an investigation by Animal Aid, should be tried.

Posted 27 Apr 2017