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
April 21, 2014
The world's most intensively farmed animal, chickens have long been underrated for their smarts. What you don't know about this incredible species may surprise you.
April 21, 2014
Chef Rich Landau discusses his culinary background and the opening of Vedge, his vegetarian restaurant in Philadelphia.
April 16, 2014
With more than 50 school districts now taking part in the Meatless Monday program, thousands of students are starting the week off right with healthy and tasty meat-free meals.
February 25, 2014
Local restaurant Peak City Grill announced it will be adding to its menu grass-fed beef from nearby Harris-Robinette Beef, a Pinetops, NC farm that raises all of its cattle exclusively on pasture.
March 28, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a lawsuit challenging new federal rules requiring meat producers to disclose the national origins of meat products.
March 24, 2014
Denny’s announced that it will require reports from its pork suppliers regarding their progress in producing pork without the use of gestation crates. gestation crates.
March 10, 2014
— In a move applauded by The HSUS, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued rules that will prohibit the confinement of calves used for veal in crates so small, the animals are largely immobilized for their short lives.
March 6, 2014
Get a snapshot of The HSUS's advancements for farm animals over the last decade.