Great success – Viva!’s Ban Factory Farming panel

| Post published on April 22, 2021
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On Thursday, 15 April, Viva! hosted a Virtual Roundtable event with experts and MPs to discuss the introduction of a UK-wide factory farming ban. The panel was attended by Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale, SNP’s Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Kerri Waters, Rebecca Knowles, Iain Tolhurst as well as Viva! founder and director Juliet Gellatley.

Iain Tolhurst is the owner of the first farm in the world to attain the ‘Stockfree Organic’ symbol for its ethical farming methods, Tolhurst Organic.

Rebecca Knowles and Kerri Waters are experts for transitioning farmers away from livestock farming.

More than 600 attendees from the worlds of politics, business, academia and campaigning registered to watch the discussion live.

Never before has there been a more important time to take a stand for what is right. Together we can make a difference.

Find out more about our End Factory Farming campaign

Quotes from the panellists

Juliet Gellatley: ‘We need the government to ban factory farming to protect us from pandemic risk, antibiotic resistance, the climate crisis and dismal animal cruelty.’

Dr Lisa Cameron and Sir Roger Gale: ‘End Factory Farming must be cross-party to come to fruition.’

Kerri Waters: ‘Between 2016 and 2017 farmers received £17million in tax payers’ money.’

Iain Tolhurst: ‘We have to ban factory farming for the animals’ sake, and the sake of the environment. It will give us the opportunity for rewilding and growing our own food.’

Rebecca Knowles: ‘Rewilding would offset 9 years of carbon emissions and form a natural barrier against zoonotic diseases.’


About the author
Laura-Lisa Hellwig
Laura Hellwig is the Campaigns Manager of Viva!. She has led on many high impact animal and environmental campaigns, increasing veganism in the UK. Working in front of and behind the camera, Laura is an intrepid investigator, bravely exposing the UK supermarkets and food industries, shining a light on the devastating horrors of animal farming. You will also find Laura touring British high streets, educating the public on the hard-hitting realities of factory farms. Along with a multitude of other successful campaigns, Laura organised the UK’s first vegan ice cream van tour to positively raise awareness of the plight of cows in the dairy industry. After living and working in many different countries, fluency in several languages and a Masters in International Management, Laura is wholeheartedly committed to creating a culturally diverse, global, vegan movement.

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