Guidelines alone are not legally enforceable, and if this nucleus industry is allowed to take off, commercial pressures might result in animal welfare being subverted in the quest for increased production. After all, domesticated animals, such as pigs and chickens, are suffering in their millions in our factory farms and slaughterhouses in spite of long-established welfare codes.
There is speculation within the industry that ostriches can be reared intensively, and some are being fed special diets to make then grow faster. In Australia, ostriches have had their feathers removed before being slaughtered in a commercial abattoir.
The farming of ostriches is developing rapidly in Britain. We are calling for a ban on ostrich farming before these dignified birds of Africa's open plains follow pigs and poultry into the nightmare world of factory farms.
Compassion in World Farming
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