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Farm Animal Welfare

Science and research

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Current research shows that animal welfare is sorely lacking in many animal industries. iStockphoto

Around the world, animals used for meat, eggs, and dairy often suffer on factory farms where they are treated as units of production rather than sentient creatures.

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International present comprehensive reports on animal agribusiness and its toll on farm animal welfare, the environment, and public health. We invite you to browse through our research library.

Each report listed below is available online as a downloadable PDF.

Industry Impacts on Animals

General and Overview

The Broiler Chicken and Turkey Industries

The Egg Industry

The Foie Gras and Duck Industries

The Pig Industry

The Beef Industry

The Dairy Industry

The Veal Industry

The Aquatic Animal Industries

Industry Impacts on the Environment and Human Health

Environmental Implications

Human Health Implications

For research and information on the global animal agriculture industry, please visit hsi.org/farmanimalresearch.

Animal Industry Statistics

Statistics