News digest 16.03.16 Subjects: News digest The Shocking Consequences of the World’s Meat Addiction More than 9 billion animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every year for meat with global demand skyrocketing. Animal agriculture is putting an ever-increasing strain on world resources, particularly global water supplies, according to VICE’s two-part episode, Meathooked and End of Water, which premieres March 4 at 11 p.m. on HBO.Protecting our Traditions: the case for backyard animals When cops come for your backyard chickens, it’s time to rise up and speak out about the importance of sustainable, respectful food-producing practices.iAnimal: Virtual Immersion Into the Reality of Factory Farming Paul McCartney once famously said ‘If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians’… but of course they don’t, and most people remain unaware of the lives and deaths of animals raised for food. But now all that is changing with Animal Equality becoming the first animal protection group to transport people inside factory farms and slaughterhouses via virtual reality technology. Violence on the Factory Farm: How Not to Feed the World The amount of meat humans eat is immense. In 1965, 10 billion livestock animals were slaughtered each year. That number is now over 55 billion. Factory farming is the fastest growing method of animal production worldwide. While industrialised nations dominate this form of farming, developing countries are rapidly expanding and intensifying their production systems.PETA’s Pig Farm Footage Reveals Extreme Suffering On British Farms Warning: Article contains images and details that some may find distressing. Injured and bloodied piglets forced to live among rotting corpses are just some of the horrors revealed by undercover investigators on British pig farms. The footage released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK shows the “hell holes” that some livestock are forced to live in.