Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were

Farming wildlife to extinction

Contains flashing images

Our two-year global investigation finds that, as farm animals are being caged and confined, wildlife is being pushed to the edge of extinction.


Introducing Dead Zone

When writing Farmageddon with Sunday Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott, our CEO Philip Lymbery wanted to bring the anti-factory farming movement to new audiences.

Exposing the true cost of cheap meat on animals, the planet, and our health, the book was an international hit, published in 12 countries and more to come, with seven reprints. Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were is the powerful follow-up to Farmageddon, with the simple message: factory farming harms wildlife too.

A necessary evil?

Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were takes us on a journey around the world, travelling from the rainforests of the Amazon to the Midwest plains of America; the palm plantations of Sumatra to the volcanic diversity of Galapagos; the grasslands of England to the Malaysian jungle. In a global safari focussing on some of the world’s most endangered species, it exposes a little-known but key factor in their demise: the cheap meat on supermarket shelves.

Some may see intensive farming as a necessary evil. After all, we need to produce more food for a growing global population and are led to believe that squeezing animals into factory farms and growing crops in vast, chemical-soaked prairies, is efficient and leaves land free for wildlife - but as shown in this book, this is far from the truth.

Working with nature, not against it

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Dead Zone makes a powerful call for farming to work with nature, and not against it. It reveals the benefits of farming in a way that is good for animal welfare, the environment and wildlife.

Food production occupies at least a third of the Earth’s surface, and the industry is growing by the day. At the same time, the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish has halved in the last 40 years.
Agriculture and the way we farm animals is at the heart of the problem.

Far from being an uninterrupted series of warnings and horror stories, Dead Zone shows that hope is all around us. Determined champions of a better way are using common sense and ingenuity to pioneer novel approaches that just might help us turn things around before it’s too late.


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Also available: Farmageddon in Pictures, the true cost of cheap meat in bite-sized pieces! (use discount code "FARMAGEDDON" at the checkout for 30% off)



Praise for Dead Zone

“Dead Zone” is a must-read book for everyone who loves the wondrous wild creatures with whom we share our precious planet.

Joanna Lumley OBE

A critical plea for a fusion of farming, food and nature to provide global ecological security

Chris Packham

Cheap, factory-farmed meat is killing us and killing the planet – in terms of its impact on our water, forest, soils and biodiversity. "Dead Zone" lays bare those ecocidal connections – in a way that I can guarantee even more environmentalists and animal welfare campaigners will not have thought about.

Jonathon Porritt, founder and director Forum for the Future

Intensive livestock production has been in the spotlight during recent years because of its contribution to climate change, cruelty and pollution. In Philip Lymbery's new book we see that it is also responsible for much of what is arguably an even bigger and more urgent issue: the extinction of wildlife species. Dead Zone: Where the wild things were reveals how from owls to elephants and from penguins to bison our efforts to produce ever greater quantities of cheap meat is helping to wipe out life on Earth. Lymbery is one of those rare writers who combines expertise with storytelling in a read that will transform the way we regard our food choices. A timely and important book.

Dr Tony Juniper, environmentalist and writer


How you can help

  1. Have some meat-free days from time to time
  2. Choose pasture-fed, free-range or organic
  3. Donate today to help all the victims of factory farming
  4. Join the movement to end factory farming:


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