Where the wild things were: laying bare the myths of factory farming

27 Feb 2017
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Many animals face extinction today - 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. 

The latest University of Winchester Enterprise Lecture promises an illuminating investigative journey across the globe, focusing on a dozen iconic species which are under threat of extinction to understand the role that industrial farming is playing in their plight and what we can do to help save them. 
 
Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were is presented by Professor Philip Lymbery​, author of internationally-acclaimed book Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meatand Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming on Thursday 16 March.
 
His lecture is a passionate wake-up call and lays bare the myths that prop up factory farming before exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food. 
 
Highlighted species under threat include the Sumatran elephant; the bumblebee; the jaguar, which is threatened by deforestation for new ranchland, and the barn owl, which is threatened by loss of habitat associated with intensive farming.
 
This is followed by a discussion about the findings in his forthcoming book, also titled Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were​, with Professor Andrew Knight, Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, and a Q and A session.
 
Professor Lymbery says: "It is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. Our planet's resources are reaching breaking point and there is a growing awareness that the wellbeing of society depends on a thriving natural world.
 
"We are falsely led to believe that squeezing animals into factory farms and cultivating crops in vast, chemical-soaked prairies is a necessary evil, an efficient means of providing for an ever-expanding global population while leaving land free for wildlife."
 
Professor Lymbery became the Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming in 2005 and is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester. The Centre is an interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare.
 
Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were takes place on Thursday 16 March at 6.30pm in The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. Refreshments will be served from 6pm.
 
The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please visit: www.winchester.ac.uk/Lymbery, email: public.lectures@winchester.ac.uk, or phone: 01962 827578.
 
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