What You Can Do for Farm Animals

Be an Educated Consumer

Animal factories will not exist if consumers demand that animals raised for food are treated as sentient beings with dignity and respect. Here are a few ways to help farm animals by being an educated consumer:

  • Ensure your food choices alleviate animal suffering rather than perpetuate cruelty. If you consume animal products, buy from family farms where animals are not confined to cages or crates, and where they can roam freely and behave naturally.
  • When shopping for meat, dairy and eggs, look for labels indicating the product is third-party certified for animal welfare. Certified label claims are defined by a formal set of publicly available animal care standards. Compliance with the standards is verified by an independent audit. Visit Animal Welfare Approved to find out where these products are available.
  • Help AWI investigate animal welfare claims on food labels. If you see a product that is labeled "Humanely Raised" snap a picture and send it to us, along with the name and location of the store selling the item.
  • Learn how to fight a factory farming operation in your community.


Call, Write & Email

Here are a few actions you can take to inform others about your concern for farm animals:

  • Use customer comment cards to urge grocery stores and restaurants to provide products from animals raised according to high welfare standards.
  • Contact your Members of Congress and request strong enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. Respectfully suggest that USDA inspectors work fulltime at each slaughter plant with the sole responsibility to observe the unloading, handling, stunning and killing of the animals. Visit AWI's Compassion Index to identify and contact your Members of Congress.
  • Educate others about issues facing farm animals.


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