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
May 21, 2013
Animal Advocates Encouraged by Progress for Shark Fin Ban in Texas Legislature, Vow Future Efforts after Bill Dies in Senate
Statement from The HSUS vowing future efforts to ban shark fin products in Texas after bill dies in the Senate.
April 1, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States is praising Geisinger Health System in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for becoming the latest hospital to join the international Meatless Monday movement.
March 27, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Praises UNC Charlotte for Joining the Meatless Monday Movement
The Humane Society of the United States is praising The University of North Carolina at Charlotte for joining the ever-growing, international Meatless Monday movement.
March 14, 2013
Humane Groups Commend Rep. Slaughter for Reintroduction of Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act
The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, a national veterinary organization with a focus on animal health and welfare, join in praising Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., for reintroducing the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.
June 1, 2013
Canadian pigs would no longer be confined perpetually in gestation crates during pregnancy under a proposal released for public comment by Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council. The plan earned applause from The Humane Society of the United States.
May 16, 2013
The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, in taking up the Farm Bill yesterday, approved an amendment to crackdown on spectators at animal fighting ventures, but also approved a destructive, constitutionally questionable amendment to strip states of their right to protect farm animals and other animals from exploitation and abuse.
May 13, 2013
The New Jersey legislature has voted by landslide margins to ban the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in crates so small, they prevent the animals from even turning around for nearly their entire lives. The vote earned applause from The Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary, Mercy For Animals and the ASPCA.
May 13, 2013
Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill, SB 1248/HB 1191, after hearing from thousands of Tennesseans urging the veto and a report deeming the bill constitutionally suspect by the Tennessee Attorney General.