This 14th April I'll be running my first (and probably last!) marathon in Brighton. I'm raising money for Compassion in World Farming, which may seem a weird charity for a vegan to support. However, CIWF, a nonprofit who do tremendous work improving conditions for farmed animals, have always been close to my heart. It was CEO Philip Lymbery's books that first opened my eyes to the horrors of factory farming and their Extinction conference in 2017 cemented my mission to advocate for animals, eventually (I hope) as a full-time career. CIWF are also a strategic partner of University of Winchester's Centre for Animal Welfare where I'm studying my MSc.
Around two in every three farm animals are factory farmed: that's over 50 billion every year. These intensive systems put production above all else, creating vast quantities of seemingly cheap meat, milk and eggs. The animals pay the price, living in conditions that can only be described as hell on earth. CIWF put pressure on producers and suppliers to change this, with clearer food labelling, awards for higher welfare, and campaigns against some of the worst cruelties in these modern farming systems. You can read more about their work and success stories here: https://www.ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming