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Factory farming is the biggest single source of cruelty to animals in the world, every year 61 billion farm animals are reared for meat, milk & eggs. The majority of these are kept in cruel and inhumane conditions living short, unnatural lives blighted by ill health, pain, stress and misery.

On some factory farms, chicks are debeaked when very young, hens and pigs are confined in barren environments leading to physical problems such as osteoporosis & joint pain, and boredom and frustration, as shown by repetitive or self destructive actions by the animals known as stereotypes.

Factory farming is the practice of raising farm animals in confinement in high density and also sometimes used more generally to refer to usage of farm animals as factory parts as is typical in industrial farming in the UK.

The large concentration of animals, animal waste and potential for dead animals in such a small space poses many ethical questions, it is recognised that some factory farming techniques used to sustain intensive agriculture can be very cruel to animals.

In the UK, the Farm Animal Welfare Council was set up in 1979 by the government to act as an independent advisor on animal welfare abd includes 5 freedoms in it's policy; from hunger & thirst, from pain, from discomfort, injury or disease, express normal behaviour and from distress & fear.

There are differences in the world as to which factory farming practices are acceptable and there continue to be changes in regulations with animal welfare being a strong motivation for increased regulation. The EU is bringing in more regulation to set the maximum stocking densities for meat chickens by 2010, the UK Animal Welfare Minister stated "The welfare of meat chickens is a major concern to people throughout the EU. This agreement sends a strong message to the rest of the world that we care about animal welfare".

There is a continuing debate over the benefits and risks of factory farming, the issues include the efficiency of food production, animal welfare, whether it is essential to feed the growing global human population, the environmental impact and the health risks. Gerhard Schroeder, ex German Chancellor, asked for a rethink of factory farming methods in 2000 in response to Europe's BSE crisis, and the risks to human health continue to be a big concern to scientists.

According to the BBC, factory farming in Britain started in 1947 when a new Agriculture Act granted subsidies to farmers to encourage more output by introducing new technology, in order to reduce Britain's reliance on imported meat.

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