Alternatives to factory farming

Free range sheep

WSPA is working hard to convince governments, farmers and consumers that organic farming is better for animals, people and the environment.

As well as campaigning work, WSPA’s Model Farm Project is demonstrating practical, humane farming methods in action, starting in the major food producing countries of China and Brazil.

Make cruelty history

Good free-range and organic farms are already keeping animals in conditions close to their natural environment, by:

  • Farming traditional breeds which have better resistance to disease and to parasites.
  • Growing animals at a natural rate without unnecessary antibiotics or hormones just to increase productivity.
  • Allowing animals to express their normal behavior and so preventing the need for mutilations such as teeth clipping.

Humanely farmed animals live longer, healthier and more active lives and the meat they produce is better for you.

The great benefits of free range and organic farming are being recognized in legislation. Starting in 2012, the use of barren cages for egg-laying hens will be banned in the European Union (EU) and the prolonged use of sow stalls starting in 2013.

But there is much more to be done – the majority of animals still live and die in factory farms.

Help us to end factory farming

Many farmers are already working more humanely and producing cruelty free meat, milk and eggs.

By supporting them, you can send a message to the farming industry: factory farming is no longer accepted. Organic and free range methods can be profitable.

By changing our habits as consumers we can make the suffering caused by factory farming a thing of the past.

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