Norm rooster at Farm Sanctuary

Why Farm Animals?

Norm rooster at Farm Sanctuary
Farm animals are the most abused creatures on Earth.
76,991,958,116 land animals were slaughtered worldwide for food in 2018. Many were raised on factory farms, which maximize agribusiness profits at the expense of the animals, the environment, social justice, and public health.

Animal Agriculture Causes Immense Suffering

  • A calf straining against a chain from his veal crate.

    Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

    It hurts animals.

    Far from the idyllic pastures shown in ads, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals raised in extreme confinement, who undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow fast and large before being slaughtered at a young age.

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  • Burning of the Amazon rainforest at dusk to increase livestock grazing area and agriculture activities Area already deforested in the foreground.

    Photo: PARALAXIS/shutterstock.com

    It hurts our planet.

    Animal agriculture produces staggering quantities of waste and greenhouse gases, polluting our land, air, and water and contributing to climate change, land degradation, and the destruction of ecosystems.

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  • Poultry workers processing chicken gender; Photo credit: C.Lotongkum / Shutterstock

    Photo: C.Lotongkum/shutterstock.com

    It hurts workers and communities.

    Employees suffer long hours, are at high risk for mental and physical trauma, and receive nominal pay. Oftentimes, facilities are in low-income communities of color, who experience health ailments due to the toxic practices of agribusiness.

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  • Elderly man's pulse being taken.

    Photo: Matthias Zomer / Pexels

    It hurts our health.

    The feeds, hormones, and antibiotics used on factory farms put humans at risk for chronic disease, obesity, and drug-resistant bacteria, and pose the threat of major zoonotic disease outbreaks.

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  • A calf straining against a chain from his veal crate.

    Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

    It hurts animals.

    Far from the idyllic pastures shown in ads, factory farms typically consist of large numbers of animals raised in extreme confinement, who undergo painful mutilations and are bred to grow fast and large before being slaughtered at a young age.

    Learn More
  • It hurts our planet.

    Animal agriculture produces staggering quantities of waste and greenhouse gases, polluting our land, air, and water and contributing to climate change, land degradation, and the destruction of ecosystems.

    Learn More
    Burning of the Amazon rainforest at dusk to increase livestock grazing area and agriculture activities Area already deforested in the foreground.

    Photo: PARALAXIS/shutterstock.com

  • Poultry workers processing chicken gender; Photo credit: C.Lotongkum / Shutterstock

    Photo: C.Lotongkum/shutterstock.com

    It hurts workers and communities.

    Employees suffer long hours, are at high risk for mental and physical trauma, and receive nominal pay. Oftentimes, facilities are in low-income communities of color, who experience health ailments due to the toxic practices of agribusiness.

    Learn More
  • It hurts our health.

    The feeds, hormones, and antibiotics used on factory farms put humans at risk for chronic disease, obesity, and drug-resistant bacteria, and pose the threat of major zoonotic disease outbreaks.

    Learn More
    Elderly man's pulse being taken.

    Photo: Matthias Zomer / Pexels

Watkins Glen Aerial Sheep Barn
But there is hope.
In recent years, science has confirmed the inhumane and disastrous impact of animal agriculture. The result is the beginning of a new food economy based on plants—not animals—and the spark of a cultural awakening.
what we do
Farm Sanctuary fights the disastrous effects of animal agriculture on animals, the environment, social justice, and public health through rescue, education, and advocacy.

Our 2019 Impact

Creating Change for Animals

Cameron Piglet at Farm Sanctuary

1k

farm animals provided healing, life-affirming Sanctuary

A Farm Sanctuary Humane Educator in a classroom with students

16k

students engaged and empowered by our humane educators

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30k

advocacy actions taken by our community

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6.9M

social media likes, comments, and shares on our mission messaging

Liam sheep at Farm Sanctuary

600M

potential aggregate audience reached through op-eds & interviews

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Only by working together can we create a healthy and sustainable future for our planet, and all of the human and nonhuman animals with whom we share it.

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    Eat More Plants

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    Take Action for Animals

    Help advance our advocacy efforts by reaching out to government officials and demanding policy changes.

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    Visit Our Sanctuaries

    Meet our residents and hear their stories of struggle and survival, which illustrate the harsh realities farm animals face in our food system.

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    No barn required! Farm Sanctuary’s shelter animals are in need of loving “parents” to sponsor their monthly feed, shelter, and veterinary care costs.

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