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

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Happy pigs nuzzling each other in a field

Some farmers provide their animals with room to root, roam and roost, but the majority of eggs, meat and dairy products sold in the United States come from factory farms, where animals are kept tightly confined in spaces barely larger than their bodies. They are never allowed to express their...

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by Emily Smith

House of Cards’ Kate Mara, Twilight’s Nikki Reed, The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Moby joined The Humane Society of the United States at a press conference to celebrate the implementation of California’s Proposition 2 and to call on retailers to use only cage-free animal products. The...

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rows of cages holding many arctic fox at a fur farm in China

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. Editor's note: In late August, as mink on fur farms in the Netherlands continued to fall sick with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, the Dutch government announced that it would require all mink fur farms to close by March of...

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By Karen E. Lange

Contents What is the Humane Society of the United States doing to help farm animals? What are some of the biggest problems farm animals face? Aren't there laws that protect farm animals from abuse? Don't animals have to be treated well to be productive? What can I do to help farm animals?

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Chicken with baby chicks, crossing a pathway

Kristie Middleton never thought she’d spend Thanksgiving cuddling a turkey. “I just never thought of turkeys as wanting human attention or wanting human interaction,” she says. But then again, she’d never met Kona. Several years ago, Middleton was visiting Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French...

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Kelly Madrone

Hilton Worldwide announced today that it will begin to eliminate the use of cages for egg-laying chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs in its global food supply chain. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal...

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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 living, feeling creatures. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International present comprehensive reports on animal agribusiness and...

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Photo illustration showing a domestic cat and an exotic cat

If you had driven by the idyllic-looking suburban home near Albany, New York, you would have never known that six African exotic cats had, for more than a decade, been living in the dark basement. In the wild, servals, often referred to as reed cats, typically live near water. The largely solitary...

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by Michael Di Paola & Ruthanne Johnson
Illustration of a factory farm with man herding pigs into a truck, pollution and a family nearby

Imagine a chicken. Picture her downy white feathers and small, intense eyes. Maybe she’s sitting on a nest, softly clucking. Perhaps she’s scratching in the dirt, a quaint red barn in silhouette behind her. Cows graze contentedly nearby; a pig snuffles in the mud. It’s an idyllic vision, familiar...

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Text by Kelly L. Williams • Illustrations by Rachel Stern

Why livestock owners need to be prepared Disaster preparedness is important for all animals, but it is especially important for livestock because of the size of the animals and their shelter and transportation needs. Disasters can happen anywhere and take many different forms—from hurricanes to barn...

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(MURCHISON, Texas) – From Dec. 20, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019 10 goats, three sheep and four cows arrived in groups at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch after being rescued by the Humane Society of the United States from a cruelty situation on a private property in Maryland. The 17 animals are being...

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Citizens for Farm Animal Protection has announced a new ballot initiative in Massachusetts to curb extreme confinement and lifelong immobilization of animals at industrial-style factory farms. The coalition aims to collect more than 90,000 signatures in order to qualify this animal welfare proposal...

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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Zoo New England, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

The Humane Society of the United States will host its annual To the Rescue! Los Angeles Gala on April 22 to benefit the organization’s Farm Animal Protection campaign.

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The Humane Society of the United States is urging greater transparency following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General’s final report on the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, where The New York Times exposed appalling animal abuse. The OIG’s final audit...

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Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture took the first step to rectify a decision made during the previous administration which negatively impacted farm animal welfare standards. In January 2017, the USDA issued a sweeping rule that would have strengthened standards for animal welfare...

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Today, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that requires eggs sold in Nevada to be from cage-free facilities, no matter where the eggs were produced. It also bans the caging of egg-laying chickens in the state. The legislation also requires enrichments for egg-laying hens —like perches, dust...

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Federal lawmakers today introduced a bill to require much needed protections for farm animals used for agricultural research at federal facilities. The bill follows a New York Times article that revealed horrifying examples of animal cruelty at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, a federal...

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The Humane Society of the United States commends the New York Legislature for passing S.7345 / A.10170, which extends a four-year moratorium prohibiting the licensing of any new live animal slaughter markets within 1,500 feet of a residential dwelling in New York City. The bill will be sent to Gov...

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