By reducing the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs and dairy.

On factory farms, egg-laying hens are packed into cages where they can't even spread their wings. Baby calves are taken from their mothers and confined in crates so small they can barely move. Mother pigs are locked in crates nearly the width and length of their bodies, unable to even turn around. We are waging⁠—and winning⁠—campaigns to abolish these practices.

Compassionate supporters like you have helped pass laws in 12 states cracking down on the cruel confinement of farm animals. Read our 2020 Impact Report to learn more about how you’re continuing to make historic progress for farm animals!

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A crisis for animals, the environment and public health

Factory farming causes billions of animals to suffer every year, but they are not the only ones paying a heavy price. Animal agriculture accounts for a large percentage of the greenhouse gases associated with climate change. Waste from factory farms also makes its way into the air and water supply, poisoning rural communities.

Factory farming by the numbers
9.8BILLION
LAND ANIMALS

Are raised on U.S. factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses every year, including 9.3 billion chickens.

47
DAYS

Of life is all a chicken knows before being sent to slaughter—their average lifespan is five to eight years.

pigs on farm
100
ANIMALS ANNUALLY

Could be spared a painful life on a factory farm per each person who chooses to go meat-free.

Pig in gestation crate

By 2020, IHOP said it would eliminate the cruel confinement of mother pigs in gestation crates from its pork supply chain, as well as switch to 100% cage-free eggs … but it didn’t.  

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