A new book released this month is challenging the role of veterinarians -- usually thought of as champions of animal welfare -- as accomplices to animal abuses. The book, titled "Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat," accuses livestock vets of a failure to uphold animal welfare standards inside many industrial slaughterhouses.
Written by former WSPA director Philip Lymbery and Political Editor of the Sunday Times Isabel Oakeshott, the book examines cruelties within the industrial livestock system and how vets have failed to stop them. Lymberry, who calls agriculture vets "the high priests of the livestock industry," says that these veterinarians see farmers as their clients, and fail to report animal welfare violations at the risk of upsetting their bosses.
"Vets have become complicit in supporting a system that is inherently bad for animal welfare," Lymbery told the Guardian. "These systems include the mass production of broiler chickens, caged production of eggs, the large-scale permanent housing of dairy cows (so-called mega dairies) and highly intensive pig production where mothering pigs are kept in confinement where they can't turn around for weeks at a time."