UNIMES goes cage-free in Brasil in research and education at experimental farms

By Lucas Galdioli, Taylison Santos @ 2024-05-14T23:52 (+2)

We’re happy to announce that:

UNIMES has made a commitment to only carry out field visits to producers who do not use gestation crates in the pig farming courses and who do not use cages in poultry farming. In addition, UNIMES declares that it does not breed animals for the purposes of practical classes, with a view to ethical and scientifically advanced teaching, aimed at refining and modernizing research and teaching practices. In this way, UNIMES joins the debate and concern of today's global society about animal welfare!

Through this innovative initiative, the Fórum Animal is expanding the relationship with those interested in the possibility of making the Brazil without cages movement happen. As a strategy to ensure that the university will follow through on its commitment, we have signed a formal letter, and this document has been registered in the university's internal regulations. 

Scale: Local.

Timeline: 5 monthes

Who: Fórum Animal

Unsuccessful Tactics:  -

Successful Tactics: The Forum Animal made the first contact with a teacher who already participated in activities with us and scheduled a first meeting. Then him mobilized the coordinator of the experimental farm and the professor responsible for the university's pig and poultry discipline. We maintained a corporate routine of contacting the coordinating professor via whatsapp, until we had a return on the commitment made. We maintain a friendly approach and share support and information about cage-free commitments and animal welfare in various countries.

All of the above activities were carried out as part of our ‘Cage Free Universities’ campaign.

Scalability: Around 170 students, 80 chickens and pigs will benefit every year. The repercussion of its commitment reaches other higher education institutions that are potential new targets. This reinforces the pressure on universities that have animal research and production.  

Follow up: We will encourage them to respond to the annual audit that will be carried out by the Fórum Animal.

For the animals,