Dorset’s Northwood Farm Wins Big in PETA’s First-Ever Farming Awards

Dorset’s Northwood Farm Wins Big in PETA’s First-Ever Farming Awards

Dorset – To promote arable and horticultural farmers at the forefront of ethical farming in the UK, PETA has launched its first-ever Farming Awards. Picking up one of the awards is Dorset business Northwood Farm. After farmer Laurence Candy decided it was wrong to send gentle animals to their death, he switched from farming cows to growing grains. With support from Stockfree Farming, Candy has retired his herd to an animal sanctuary, allowing them to live long and peaceful lives.

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“By retiring his animals to a sanctuary, Laurence Candy is setting a beautiful example to follow,” says PETA Director of Vegan Corporate Projects Dawn Carr. “PETA is delighted to recognise this compassionate move and encourages all farmers to grow plants and leave behind the heartbreak and violence of raising animals for food.”

Farming animals for food is a sad business. In today’s meat, egg, dairy, and fishing industries, piglets’ tails may be docked without painkillers, chickens’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, cows are forcibly separated from their beloved calves, and fish are cut open while they’re still alive.

Farmers who switch to growing vegetables, grains, pulses, and fruits not only reduce animal suffering but also help the planet: animal agriculture is a leading cause of environmental destruction, as it requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water while emitting huge quantities of greenhouse gases. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently determined that current agricultural systems make it impossible to meet climate commitments even if all other sources of greenhouse gas emissions were eliminated.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – released a video last year celebrating crop farmers across the country.

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