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Where the Wild Things Were: How Cheap Meat Drives Extinction
Philip Lymbery

  • Sunday 18 June 2017, 2.50PM to 3.40pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

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Today many animals face extinction and it’s not only climate change and habitat destruction which are to blame. Join author Philip Lymbery as he explains how the impact of consumer demand for cheap meat is equally devastating. He will explore why it is vital that we confront this problem if we are to stand a chance of reducing its effect on the world around us. 

In his latest book, Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were, Philip argues that 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. He says that our planet’s resources are reaching breaking point, but that awareness is slowly building that the wellbeing of society depends on a thriving natural world. 

Join Philip as he takes you on an investigative journey across the globe, focusing on iconic species to understand the role that industrial farming is playing in our planet’s problems. Find out what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.

About the speaker

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

His previous book, Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, written with then Sunday Times journalist, Isabel Oakeshott, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014. It was chosen as one of The Times Writers’ Books of the Year, and was cited by the Mail on Sunday as a compelling ‘game-changer’. Published in six languages, it gained international acclaim, earning him a reputation as one of industrial farming’s fiercest critics. 

He played leading roles in key reforms across Europe, including bans on some of the cruellest factory farm systems, like veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. He chaired industry talks that ended mass live calf exports from Britain. Described as one of the food industry’s most influential people, he spearheaded work by CIWF with over 700 food companies worldwide, improving living conditions for over three quarters of a billion farm animals every year.

He was recipient of the 2015 International Golden Dove peace prize in Rome.


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