Sign to End Factory Farming
By signing the petition to stop the expansion of factory farming in the United States, you will add strength to the growing demand for a healthier, safer, more humane food system. Pledge to stand up against low-welfare factory farms, reduce your overall consumption of meat and dairy, vote for initiatives that restrict the sale of factory-farmed products, and support humane and sustainable producers wherever possible.
Moving the World to Protect Farmed Animals
We aim to improve the lives of the more than 9 billion farmed animals raised in the US each year by stopping the growth of factory farming and transitioning to a more humane, sustainable, and equitable food system that protects animals, people, and the planet.
We are asking companies, politicians, and investors around the world to hold the meat and dairy industry accountable for its harms and require higher standards. There are many changes, big and small, that will help to dismantle the structures keeping factory farming afloat and help improve the lives of people and animals.
And there are many changes that we can all make in our daily lives as well.
- Factory farming takes a huge toll on our climate. The mass production, processing, and transport of millions of tons of corn and soy that make up the bulk of farmed animal diets today constitutes 17% of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to livestock. One-third of arable land is currently used for animal feed production and 70% of the grain grown in the US goes to livestock.
- In 2019, more than 11 million kilograms of antibiotics—54% of which are medically important—were sold for use in farmed animals in the US. Routine use of antibiotics across groups of animals who are not sick props up the low-welfare practices common on farms today and contributes significantly to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that threaten human health.
- Factory farms rely on low-welfare practices that keep costs low and efficiencies high, but create untold stress, discomfort, and pain. Animals are packed into barns, pens, or cages to maximize space and are bred for extreme growth that puts enormous strain on their bodies.
- Factory farms exploit workers throughout the supply chain, most prominently evidenced by the high rate of injury among slaughterhouse workers, including amputations and head trauma. Even with these egregious issues, the industry continuously pushes for deregulation and operates at even faster speeds.
No Future for Factory Farming
It is time to tell legislators, companies, and investors that there is no value in building new factory farm facilities. We need to invest our time, power, voices, and money toward systems that protect animals, people, and the planet.
World Animal Protection, alongside Compassion in World Farming and Humane Society International, developed the Farm Animal Responsible Minimum Standards (FARMS) as the path forward. We need all stakeholders to come together and drive the industry towards FARMS as the new baseline for raising farmed animals.
Pledge your support for a moratorium on factory farms and help us raise the bar for farmed animals in the US and worldwide.