Which Meat Free Week are you after ?

In the coming years, we hope to bring Meat Free Week to more countries. By supporting either Australia or the UK, you’re helping us along that journey

More Australians are supporting sustainable and ethical farming practices. Are you one of them?
Too much processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer - Australia's 2nd biggest cancer killer. Are you at risk?
Nearly all of the world's fishing zones have exceeded their natural limits because of overfishing. Yet, one third of all fish caught is fed directly to livestock. Does that make sense to you?
90% of bacon, ham and pork we eat has come from factory farms. Will you choose free range?
Australian's eat almost three times meat as the world average and double recommended dietary guidelines. How much are you eating?
Why is Meat Free Week only one week? Because we didn't think you'd make it through a month!
Floradix is a liquid iron herbal supplement that is suitable for the whole family; and especially good for pregnancy. It’s easy to drink and the natural fruit juice makes it taste great. Available in all good health stores, and select Coles stores.
The U.N. has identified the livestock industry as one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems.
Australian's eat over half a billion chickens a year. Most are factory farmed. Where does yours come from?
“By participating in Meat free week you can do your bit to bring about some positive change.” Simon Bryant
Almost 92% of Australians are not eating enough vegetables. What's on your plate?
Leading world scientists warn of water shortages for food production by 2050. It takes 3,900 litres to produce 1kg of chicken and just 1,300 litres of water to produce 1kg of wheat.
At a time when some 800 million people suffer from malnutrition, one third of the world's harvest is fed to farm animals. Enough to feed almost three billion people.
Did you know 70% of smallgoods (ham, salami, pepperoni etc) sold in Australia are made with imported pork, increasing your risk of antibiotic resistance.

Animals

Animals Slaughtered

Our ever increasing appetite for meat, in particular chicken and pork, has introduced large scale factory farming and has led to many animal welfare issues. While there are a growing number of smaller producers who practice best animal husbandry, they are the minority. To find out more about them, please refer to our Guide page.    

FF Big Business

 

Want to know more?

+ Chickens

+ Pigs

+ Ducks

+ Cows

+ Sheep

+ Fish

 

 

 

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Livestock Products, Number of Livestock Slaughtered (September 2014)

[2] Australian Chicken Meat Federation Inc., Industry Facts and Figures, Per Capita Consumption of Meats (2014)

[3] FREPA, Facts and Figures (2011)

[4] The Issues: Factory Farming, Voiceless, the animal protection institute

[5] Animal Sentience, Voiceless, the animal protection institute

[6] FAOSTAT

[7] Livestock's Long Shadow, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (2006)

[8, 9] Make it Possible, FAQ, Animals Australia

[10, 12] The Issues - Factory Farming, Voiceless, the animal protection institute

[11] Australian Lot Feeders Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts

+ Like humans, animals are living, breathing beings able to feel joy and pleasure as well as fear, pain, sorrow and suffering.5

 

+ Each year more than 66 billion land animals are slaughtered for food to feed 7 billion people.6

 

+ Two out of every three farm animals (over 50 billion) in the world are now factory farmed each year.7 It is the number one cause of animal cruelty in the world today.

 

+ Factory Farming causes the most suffering to the largest number of animals in Australia - more than half a billion every year. This is mainly chickens, pigs, ducks, turkeys and rabbits.8

 

+ Many animals endure mutilation with no anaesthetic e.g. teeth being pulled out, tails and beaks sliced off.9

  

+ In Australia, 9 in 10 pigs and over 550 million chickens are factory farmed each year.10 And at any one time, there are around 2% (560,000) of cows spending up to the last 4 months of their lives in feedlots.11

 

+ Animals raised for food are denied the same legal protection from cruelty as cats and dogs.12