Please remember animal welfare

A DARK cloud has been cast over the farming industry this year ­– bird flu, flooding, foot-and-mouth and now bluetongue. It has been tough to say the least for farmers and animals alike. But, if there is one thing it highlights, it is the need for all of

A DARK cloud has been cast over the farming industry this year ­- bird flu, flooding, foot-and-mouth and now bluetongue. It has been tough to say the least for farmers and animals alike.

But, if there is one thing it highlights, it is the need for all of us to find out more about the lives of animals that produce our food. A survey by Freedom Food revealed that 91 per cent of people in the East of England didn't think pigs were intelligent - a shocking result when some tests show they are as smart as dogs.

If we all make an effort to find out more about farm animals and show we care by buying higher welfare products, more animals will be reared to higher welfare standards and more farmers will be rewarded for their efforts.

So please think animal welfare and visit www.freedomfood.co.uk to find out more about how you can make a difference.

SUZIE GRAHAM, RSPCA East Regional Manager, Peterborough