Reduce, refine, and replace. Three simple actions can reduce the suffering of billions of farm animals on factory farms.
The vast majority of meat, eggs, and dairy products sold in American grocery chains and restaurants comes from animals raised in intensive-confinement systems (so-called factory farms) that impose significant stress on the animals in pursuit of efficiency. The result is that living creatures are often being treated as biological "machines."
The HSUS promotes eating with conscience and embracing the Three Rs—reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; refining the diet by avoiding products from the worst production systems (e.g., switching to cage-free eggs); and replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.
Explore our Guide to Meat-Free Meals and get recipes, cooking tips, and news of interest to people who are voting with their forks to support humane treatment of farm animals.
News & Events
October 23, 2013
Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan promotes the joy of vegetarian cooking
October 23, 2013
Soul-warming crowd pleasers from The HSUS's first ever Meatless Monday recipe contest
October 14, 2013
Students at California State University, East Bay, are finding more prominent placement of vegetables in their cafeteria on Mondays and filling their trays with dishes such as tempura tofu vegetable stir fry, grilled eggplant pizza and lentil vegetable soup.
August 23, 2013
A former barbecue judge from Texas, Joe Yonan once wrote that he was “just plain hard-wired” to eat meat. But in a March 2013 Post column titled “A Former Omnivore Comes Out as Vegetarian,” the Washington Post food and travel editor confessed that his tastes had become rewired.
December 10, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States received two awards from The Business Ethics Network, which celebrates outstanding contributions to the advancement of corporate ethics, for its campaign to end cruel confinement of farm animals.
November 22, 2013
Get a snapshot of The HSUS's advancements for farm animals over the last decade.
July 25, 2013
Thanks to evidence provided by The Humane Society of the United States, Jarrod Barney Juarez was convicted of one count of animal cruelty following a trial this week for abusing a piglet at a factory farm that was, at the time of the investigation, supplying pigs to Tyson Foods.
July 2, 2013
Quiznos Bolsters Animal Welfare Program by Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Pork Supply Chain
Quiznos, the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, announced it will work closely with its suppliers to eliminate controversial pig “gestation crates” from its supply chain between 2017 and 2022.