Working to reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs and milk

Working for Farm Animal Protection

The HSUS works on many fronts to protect farm animals from some of the most egregious abuses on factory farms. In the last decade, we've seen significant reforms in the way farm animals are treated, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Take Action Through Our Issues

  • Cruel confinement of farm animals

    Cruel Confinement

    Perhaps the most abused farm animals, nearly 280 million laying hens in the United States are confined in barren wire battery cages so restrictive the birds can't even spread their wings. Learn More

  • Humane eating

    Humane Eating

    The "three R's"—Reduce, Replace, Refine—are the basis of humane eating. Learn more about just how delicious animal-friendly food can be. Learn More

  • Swine flu

    Swine Flu

    Fight fear with facts about swine flu, how to prevent it and how this virus got loose (hint: think of factory farming). Learn More

  • Force-fed animals

    Force-Fed Animals

    Foie gras, the product of cruel force-feeding and diseased internal organs, might well be called a delicacy of despair. Learn More

  • Cruel slaughter practices

    Cruel Slaughter

    Most of the animals killed for food in this country are chickens and turkeys, and the U.S. Humane Methods of Slaughter Act does not protect them, conveniently enough for factory farms. Learn More

  • Environmental impacts of factory farming

    Environmental Impacts

    Eating meat and other animal products has an enormous impact, not just on our waistlines, but on our climate and environment. Learn More

  • Avian influenza

    Avian Influenza

    Like swine flu, bird flu is a product of the cruel conditions on factory farms. Find out how this virus flew the coop. Learn More

  • White papers on factory farming

    Our library of papers on the science of animal welfare covers the latest research on a variety of issues. Learn More



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