The virulent spread of feedlots in New Zealand shows that our country is moving towards damaging intensification and Americanisation of the beef industry. By confining cattle in these barren dirt-covered pens, farmers are choosing to put a quick buck ahead of considerations over animal welfare and our environment.
On a feedlot, cattle can suffer because farmers subject them to:
A denial of their ability to express natural behaviours, such as grazing.
An unnatural diet that can cause bloating, diarrhoea, and digestive discomfort.
Barren land with no shelter from harsh weather.
This is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act.