ANIMAL CONSUMPTION

Billions of animals are raised in intensive industrial systems for human consumption. Many of these animals are in deplorable living conditions: they are placed in overcrowd spaces, in deficient groupings, deprived from open areas, subject to inadequate diets… These situations generate unnatural environments for animals that greatly impact their living conditions and represent an assault to their rights. The food industry and the textile industry are the most liable for causing intensive farming.

  • Every year 95 billion animals in the world are killed for human consumption. Which means that 3,000 animals are killed every second.

  • 900 kg of grain are needed to produce meat to feed one person for a year. However, if that person consumed grain directly, it would only need 180 kg.

  • Between 60% and 70% of worldwide fishing is used to feed livestock.

95000
ANIMALS ARE SLAUGHTERED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION WORLDWIDE.
3
ANIMALS ARE SLAUGHTERED EVERY SECOND.
900
OF GRAIN ARE NEEDED TO PRODUCE MEAT TO FEED ONE PERSON FOR A YEAR.
33
OF WORLDWIDE FISHING IS USED TO FEED LIVESTOCK.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF MEAT

The intensive rearing system is also an important source of emissions related to global warming which affects all living beings and it’s among the industries accountable for the imbalance of food resources in the planet.

  • The amount of methane emitted by livestock and manure equals the effect on global warming produced by 33 million cars.
  • Greenhouse gases produced by livestock constitute 37% of all methane, 75% of nitrous oxide and 74% of ammonia in the atmosphere.

Greenhouse gases  produced by livestock

methane

37%

nitrous oxide

75%

ammonia

74%

FUR TRADE

OF ALL FUR IS PRODUCED IN EUROPE

The fur trade is responsible for the breeding in captivity and the slaughter of more than 50 million animals. The lives of animals raised on farms for the subsequent exploitation of their skins is dramatically different from what could be considered a decent animal life.

It takes about 60 minks, 20 foxes, 8 wolves, 20 otters, 200 chinchillas, 20 lynx, 8 dogs and 30 to produce one coat of each kind. Many other animals like sheep, birds, cats and dogs get trapped dead in animal traps and not used later.

70% of all fur is produced in Europe (especially in Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands). Currently about 70 fur farms operate in Spain.

Exploiting any living being and depriving it of his rights without a compelling reason to do so threatens the basis of fundamental human rights
STEVEN WISE

ANIMALS FOR EXPERIMENTS

Researchers around the world use animals to test a wide range of products and to develop new goods for the global market; it’s common practice to test cleaning products, cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical additives on animals, as well as applying chemicals, agrochemicals, pet food, alcohol and tobacco products on them. Research establishments and companies only focus on monetary income without taking into consideration the great deal of pain, fear, depression and psychological distress caused on the animals.

Product experiments use harmful techniques such as vivisection, which involves the dissection of a living animals.

  • More than 100 million animals are used for laboratory experiments around the world.
  • Every year 100,000 people die in the U.S. due to the consumption of products previously tested on animals.

The most used species for these testings are cats, dogs, rats, mice, rabbits, fish, birds, primates and farm animals.

ANIMALS IN SPANISH LOCAL FESTIVITIES

The use of animals during traditional festivities in many Spanish towns is very common. These “celebrations”, usually promoted by local governments, imply the abuse and slaughter of more than 60,000 animals every year. One of the most affected species are bulls. Besides being used in bullfights, many are subject to all kinds of tortuous activities ending, in many cases, with the death of the animal. Moreover, many other events take place in Spain in which the abuse of rams, roosters, horses and donkeys are considered a main attraction. These practices are still supported by with the excuse of tradition. Supporters of these events argue that these ruthless activities must be preserved in the sake of tradition.

  • Every year more than 16,000 Spanish local festivals feature animals for activities or performances.
  • Every year 60,000 animals –mostly bulls– are abused at local Spanish festivals.
100
ANIMALS AROUND THE WORLD ARE USED FOR EXPERIMENTS.
100
PEOPLE IN THE U.S. DIE DUE TO THE CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL-TESTED PRODUCTS EVERY YEAR.
16
LOCAL SPANISH FESTIVALS MAKE USE OF ANIMALS FOR HARMFUL ACTIVITIES EVERY YEAR.
60
ANIMALS ARE ABUSED EACH YEAR DURING LOCAL SPANISH FESTIVALS.

ANIMALS IN ZOOS, CIRCUSES AND AQUARIUMS

Zoos have become important tourist attractions in many cities around the world, where wild animals, in captivity, are exhibited in closed spaces where they don’t get to live freely. Animals in zoos, circuses and aquariums are subject to physical and social conditions that go beyond their natural state. Anxiety, disorientation and stress are among the conditions they experience during forced performances and exposition to large groups of people.

  • There are only 3,000 tigers left in the wild, while 30,000 of them live in captivity.
  • 95% of the animal species kept in zoos are not endangered.
  • 40 circus companies perform in Spain with about 200 animals of different species.
  • 96 dolphins, 2 beluga whales and 6 orcas currently live in captivity in Spain.
  • Spanish dolphinariums dedicate little over 4% of their perfomances’ time to educate the public about the animals.

Dolphins in the wild can reach 50 years of age, while dolphinarium dolphins rarely reach the 20 year mark. In the same way, female orcas in captivity don’t usually reach 20 years, compared to the 90 years they can reach living in the oceans.