Anti-livestock surveys hitting farmers' mental health
Date of alert:
Tuesday, 12 September 2023
Surveys criticising livestock farmers are having a ‘detrimental impact' on their mental health and well-being.
That was the message from NFU livestock board chair Richard Findlay, after the Social Media Foundation released results of a survey which found approximately three-fifths (58 per cent) of participants had tried to cut down on red meat due to concerns about animal welfare, health and environmental harm.
Mr Findlay said he was concerned by both the validity of the survey and the harm it would cause to farmers who are working ‘tirelessly' to place food on the public's tables.
"Surveys like this are an attack on farmers' livelihoods, and it is damaging to their mental health.
"Farmers already face pressures to keep a roof over their heads and this is the last thing they should be facing."