Welcome & Thank You for Caring

Thank you for caring enough about animals to examine the realities behind the idyllic farm images promoted by the food industry.

In the United States, more than 98% of animals used for food are raised under horrific factory farm conditions, where they are abused, mutilated, and severely confined.

Percentage of 'certified humane' farmed animals

Data compiled by Faunalytics

These animals are hidden away in warehouses where they are deprived of fresh air, sunlight, and the ability to express natural behaviors essential to their well-being.

In response to increased awareness of these conditions, more consumers are seeking meat, dairy, and eggs from companies that treat animals better.

To profit from this market, producers are introducing more food labels pertaining to animal welfare, using terms such as: happy, natural, cage-free, free-range, and humane.

But what does “humane” really mean in this context? And are “cage-free” and similar labels reliable indicators of a happy life or a natural environment? This website answers those questions.

About HumaneFacts.org

Our Overview page provides a look at routine practices involved in the production of humane-label meat, dairy, and eggs.

Our Labels page provides definitions for various animal welfare-related labels, specifying what protections they provide… and what they don’t (the loopholes).

Our Practices page explains specific harmful procedures common on conventional (factory) farms AND humane-label farms, such as: severe confinement, debeaking, castration, branding, ear notching, tail docking, dehorning, nose ringing, and artificial insemination.

We also provide specialty pages on Eggs, Dairy, Local Farming, Humane Slaughter, Sustainable Meat, and the Environmental Impacts of animal agriculture.

Finally, our Better Choices page provides free materials, tips, and recipes to assist in making healthier and more compassionate food decisions.

Humane Facts is an educational campaign of A Well-Fed World, a hunger relief and animal protection organization working in the U.S. and internationally.