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Rearing Animals for the Meat and Dairy Industry

Rearing Animals for the Meat and Dairy Industry

| by Ian Haywood | Posted in Vlog

In this guest blog, vegan singer-songwriter-composer Ian Haywood shares his thoughts on the hidden brutalities and deceptions behind the meat and dairy industry.

Ian will be performing live at VegfestUK London 2017, on the Saturday October 21st 2017 (exact times TBA shortly). You can buy tickets to the event at 


The Great Deception.

How can people rear animals with what appears to be love and kindness knowing all the time that those animals will end up being split up from their families and murdered in a cold slaughter house?


A few days ago I was listening to a radio phone-in on the growth of Veganism. As you can imagine there was a lot of interest in this and the usual heated debate ensued but the caller that has stuck in my head was a farmer who claimed to ‘love’ his cattle so much so that, regularly, after taking them to slaughter, he cried on the way home!

When the presenter asked ‘why do you do it then?’ he replied, ‘well the nation’s got to have their meat and if I didn’t provide it someone else will!’ A somewhat naive answer when considering that he was talking on a show dedicated to the growth of Veganism, which is proving that the nation quite clearly doesn’t ‘need’ meat.

Unbelievable I know, but this appears to be something I hear a lot… phrases like ‘ farmer so and so loves his pigs or his cows, they have a great life and he even has names for them…’!


OK, now I didn’t come down in the last shower! Whatever this macabre bond is, it sure ain’t love, so don’t give me any more of this love stuff! Can you love a creature you are condemning to death from birth and are deceiving in such a shameless way? What a nasty system it is, that a farmer’s only incentive to treat an animal well is the profit that can be made from that animal’s carcass. The shocking fact is that statistics from Viva! suggest that over one billion farmed animals are killed in the UK every year. This is human deception on a colossal scale! It is not about an animal’s inability to understand; it is about the human ability to be so murderously deceptive.

A joyous moment for any mum. Sadly this new born baby will soon be taken from her leaving her to grieve and cry for days. All in the name of meat and dairy.


Surely a compassionate human could never rear and guardian an animal that they knew they were condemning to death from birth. After all, it would be considered unacceptable to deceive another human in such a way. So why is it right to deceive animals in this way? The fact that a lot of meat farmers claim to love their animals is just part of another great deception to convince customers that everything is rosy from the cradle to the plate and Daisy and Dolly are having wonderful lives down on the farm!

Major deception at its cruellest: These sheep and lambs are unaware that their horrific end is already being sickeningly advertised on the very gate to the field they are grazing in!


Animals (that includes the farmyard ones) are reverent, faithful friends who put their trust in us. It is a tragedy that humans betray and abuse this trust day in day out.

But there are rays of hope! A farmer panged by conscience recently dispatched his cows to Hillside animal sanctuary after inheriting his farm from his parents and realising he couldn’t go on treating his animals in this way. They will now live out their days, as they should do, in a truly loving environment. I hope that the farmer can now find peace (and veganism - if he hasn’t already!). Read the story here

I look forward to a time when the whole of humankind learn to treat all beings the way they would wish to be treated themselves and realise that this kind of gross deception has no place in a modern compassionate world.


Please note

The content of this blog post is solely the views of the author and not those of the editor of the Vegfest Express – for further discussion and comments on this topic, visit Ian Haywood’s Facebook page: 


More about the author

Ian Haywood is a vegan pianist, singer-songwriter and composer who will be playing his ambient piano music at VegfestUK London on Saturday 21 October.  You can find his piano music at


You can watch the video to his song “Cargo of Shame” on YouTube:


More about VegfestUK London 2017

VegfestUK returns to Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017, bringing an awesome vegan experience to around 15,000 visitors for the 5th year running. 

The event will consist of up to 300 stalls, a Vegan Food Village with 23 global caterers, a Vegan Health Summit, a Vegan Athletes Summit, Easy Veganism sessions, an Animal Rights Summit, a Radical Veganism corner (Saturday only), an Environment, Food & Sustainability Summit (Sunday only), a Vegan Comedy Corner, a Cinema, an Activists Corner, Cookery Demos, a Living Raw Zone, a Teen Zone, a Mature Zone, a Kids Area, Live Music, an Art of Compassion Exhibition, plus VegfestUK's Award Ceremony for 2017 celebrating the vegan heroes and heroines of the year.

Advance tickets (day tickets) are £12 for adults and £8 for concessions plus booking fees - advance tickets are available to buy now at: 

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