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Food - Meat

Animals affected

Birds, Equidae, Cattles, Goats, Pigs, Rabbits, Sheep






Every second, all over the world, 3,000 animals are killed for human consumption. Cows, goats, chickens, sheep, pigs and horses die to satisfy the demands of millions of people.

In this section of our website we present examples of those most used by the meat industry. The aim is to get to know those animals, their behaviour and characteristics, in the livestock farms.

Non-human animals are capable of suffering and establishing signs of affection with members of the same species and of others. Their intelligence is also something which has been proved scientifically: all species used in the meat industry have memory, preferences and the capacity to decide what they want at any given time.

As ratified at the Cambridge Convention on consciousness in 2012, headed by scientists from all over the world, among others the famed Stephen Hawking, there are even animals that are conscious of themselves and of their group.

In Spain 46.3 million pigs and more than 700 million birds were slaughtered in 2015.

In order to satisfy the demand for meat not only are the lives of animals are cut short, but they are also hindered from carrying out their natural behaviour, and with the aim of increasing production, they are subjected to genetic selection through artificial reproduction techniques which bring disease and other types of problems. 

Next we offer you all the technical information about production systems of meat products in Spain and how these animals live in livestock farms. We encourage you to decide for yourself if you want to contribute to this industry or not.


Report on the meat industry


Our action

  • We co-produced the documentary EMPATÍA (EMPATHY), released in 2017 and shown in the main Spanish cinemas.
  • We promoted “Meat-free Monday” as a first step to adopting a 100% vegetable diet.
  • We offer courses on vegan nutrition and give out information about food and diet.
  • We belong to Eurogroup for Animals and we share in European campaigns for the toughening and improvement of laws which regulate the wellbeing of animals used for consumption.
  • We offer support to vegetarian and vegan restaurants and initiatives.

What can you do?

  • Find out about the choices which don’t have products of animal origin.
  • Find out about the different production systems, read the label and choose to remove animals from your shopping trolley.
  • Tell your friends and family about the impact that their diet has on the world.
  • Empathise with animal suffering and think about making a change, however small it may be, in your day to day life.
  • Pay a qualified nutritionist/dietitian to plan a specialised diet which is adapted to your exact needs if necessary.
  • Ask for help with adjusting to a vegan diet in specialist online blogs or forums.
  • Ask your favourite restaurant, or school or work canteen, to offer a decent vegetarian and/or vegan option every day.
  • Help us to share the documentary EMPATÍA (EMPATHY) and the rest of the informative material on our website.

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