Over 10 billion animals raised for food in the U.S. annually endure inhumane treatment.
These “factory farms” use the technology and production methods of the assembly line to raise animals for food. To profit, they keep more animals in less space and employ techniques to maximize growth rates. The current system of factory farms causes problems for the people involved, the environment, and consumers, as well as for the animals.
Inhumane animal practices extend far beyond the animals:
- Overuse of antibiotics in animals is causing more strains of drug-resistant bacteria. The Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences estimated the annual cost of treating antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S. at $30 billion.
- In 1998 farmers earned an average of only $7,000 per year from their farming operations. 88% of the average farmer’s income comes from off-the-farm sources.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blames current farming practices for 70% of the pollution in the nation’s rivers and streams. Source: Global Resources Action Center for the Environment (GRACE).
Although leading nonprofits and major animal protection organizations, are advancing legislative and legal means to control intensive confinement production practices, the legal and legislative process is very slow to change these conditions.
In 1998, Adele Douglass, now the Executive Director of Humane Farm Animal Care, creator of the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program had a vision to help more farm animals by educating consumers that the fastest way to change these practices was through a market places solution.
As a veteran lobbyist and former congressional staff member, Ms. Douglass knew the limitations of the legislative process. She immediately saw how a certification and labeling program, that would be available to all producers, would enable consumers to vote with their wallets for more humane production practices. She has been working ever since to make that vision a reality.
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Humane Farm Animal Care is a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by grants from foundations, and the public.