“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
– Maya Angelou

Welcome & Thank You

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.

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.

Data compiled by Faunalytics
Data compiled by Faunalytics

In response to increased awareness of these conditions, more consumers are seeking meat, dairy, and eggs from companies that purport to 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 & Loopholes 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 EggsDairyLocal FarmingHumane SlaughterSustainable 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.

The Issues

Cruelty-Free Eggs?

In the U.S. alone, more than 260 million male chicks are killed in the egg industry every year.

Happy Dairy Cows?

In many respects, cows used for dairy suffer more than cows killed for beef.

Humane Slaughter?

Animals raised under many humane labels also end up at the same slaughterhouses as factory-farmed animals.

Sustainable Meat?

Two acres of rain forest are cleared each minute to raise cattle or crops to feed them. 35,000 miles of American rivers are polluted with animal waste.

Environmental Impact

According to climate research, animal agriculture accounts for more human-caused greenhouse gases than all transportation combined.

Hu·mane: adjective

Having or showing compassion or benevolence

"The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere." ~ Greta Thunberg

"How beautiful is a world that is healthy, well-fed, and kind... all at the same time."

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