Dead Zone: where the wild things were

Thursday 16 March
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​In Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were – based on his new book of the same name – Philip Lymbery takes us on an illuminating investigative journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species to understand the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight.

Today many animals face extinction – and it’s not only climate change and habitat destruction which are to blame. The impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating.

We are falsely led to believe that factory farming and the use of pesticides are necessary evils. However, as our planet’s resources reach breaking point, awareness is slowly building that the wellbeing of society depends on a thriving natural world.

This lecture is a passionate wake-up call for us all, laying bare the myths that prop up factory farming before exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.

Professor Lymbery’s presentation will be followed by a discussion about the findings in his book Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were with Professor Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, and a Q&A session.

This is an Enterprise lecture by Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester.

Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive of leading international farm animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming (Compassion) and Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester.

His book Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat was chosen as one of The Times Writers’ Books of the Year in 2014 and was cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling ‘game-changer’. He played leading roles in many major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens.

Described as one of the food industry’s most influential people, he has spearheaded Compassion’s engagement work with over 700 food companies worldwide, leading to real improvements in the lives of over three quarters of a billion farm animals every year.

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