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Vegan Groups Ask Government To Help Dairy Farmers Swap To Plant-Based Crops

by | May 2, 2020

A number of vegan advocacy organizations in the UK are calling on the government to encourage dairy farmers to transition to plant-based farming.

The collective group — which includes Animal Aid, PETA, The Vegan Society, and others — has sent a letter to the UK government asking that dairy farmers are given assistance to make the switch.

The letter highlights the fact that demand for dairy has dropped significantly since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and that this has led to a number of farmers throwing milk away.

“Plant-Based Business Is Booming”

“The UK dairy industry is clearly in decline” states the letter.

“There are now fewer than 9,500 dairy farms in the UK compared with 13,000 10 years ago, and it has been predicted there will be fewer than 5,000 by 2025.”

“On the other hand, the UK market for dairy alternatives has grown by 150% in 6 years. Plant-based business is positively booming.”

“We would instead like to see support for a progressive transition over to more sustainable, healthier and planet-friendly, non-animal-based agriculture…We strongly believe that financial assistance should be focused on supporting farmers to move to this more sustainable and compassionate alternative.”

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The UK government is being urged to transition away from dairy farming (Valentin Valkov/Shutterstock.com)

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COVID-19 & Animal Agriculture

The impact that the current global health crisis is having on animal agriculture can be observed around the world.

Similarly to the UK, several farmers in Canada have been forced to dump excess cow’s milk. This is due to the closure of schools and businesses where dairy milk is served.

A number of slaughterhouses in the US stopped production last month after workers began suffering with the virus — a decision that US president Donald Trump has condemned and reversed.

Do you think the UK government will consider helping dairy farmers transition to plant-based crops? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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One Response to “Vegan Groups Ask Government To Help Dairy Farmers Swap To Plant-Based Crops”

  1. Lynne Mills
    May 8th, 2020 @ 4:54 am

    Animals are not ours to use and abuse, Stop eating animals,fish and dairy

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