Case study: farm animals

  • R. Harrison


In 1960 I received a letter containing a leaflet that dramatically changed the course of my life. On the front of the leaflet was a picture of a veal calf standing in a crate and emblazoned over it was the question ‘Cheap food yes, but is it good food?’ (Crusade Against all Cruelty to Animals). This started me on a course of investigation which culminated in my writing Animal Machines (Harrison, 1964). The book looked at the ways in which farm animals were kept, fed and slaughtered; at the many drugs and additives used; and at the resulting quality of the food produced. It also looked at the effects on the environment and the problem of world hunger. The conclusion was that it was not good food, and that change was urgently needed.


Farm Animal European Economic Community Milk Substitute Factory Farming Draft Regulation 


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