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 29, 2014
Students at Boston Public Schools are finding more prominent placement of meat-free dishes in their cafeterias on Mondays and are filling their trays with black bean burrito bowls, garden fresh salads topped with chickpeas, protein-packed chili, and more.
October 24, 2014
As a teen, Chad Sarno cured his asthma in six months by quitting dairy. Now his online cooking classes bring plant-based health and deliciousness to the rest of the world.
August 20, 2014
Students at South San Francisco Unified School District are finding healthy meat-free dishes in their dining halls on Mondays and filling their trays with servings such as bean burritos, taco triangles with sides of apples and fresh baby carrots.
August 15, 2014
Two Omaha Hy-Vee stores have started offering cheeses from three local dairies that use organic and humane practices and raise cows on green pastures: Branched Oak Farm, Davey Road Ranch and Dutch Girl Creamery.