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Farm animal welfare

Across the world, WSPA’s work is focused on bettering the lives of animals involved in agriculture, from farming to livestock to egg-laying hens. The majority of the world's farm animals currently live in harsh conditions, raised using 'production line' methods. High output is achieved by subjecting the animals to intense and prolonged suffering. They live short lives spent in cages, crates, overcrowded sheds or narrow stalls, with no guarantee of a humane death.

But WSPA is working to end factory farming by raising awareness, establishing local coalitions and promoting and demonstrating humane alternatives. We work with businesses and consumers to teach them about better alternatives, and make changes that are better for animal welfare and human health.

Choose Cage-Free

At this very moment, throughout the US and Canada, over 300 million hens are living lives of pain and suffering as they labor to produce one of our most basic food staples – eggs. The vast majority of the eggs we eat are produced by hens that live their lives in small cages that they share with five to seven other birds. It is one of the cruelest and most inhumane practices in modern farming. In typical North America large-scale farming, hens are confined in small wire cages, stacked in tiers and lined up inside huge warehouses. The hens are so crowded that they cannot stretch their limbs and are often injured by friction against the cage.

This suffering is needless. Hens don’t need to be kept in cages to lay lots of eggs. Cage-free farming can provide a significant improvement in living conditions for hens – for just a few cents more per egg.

Visit to get involved with our campaign to promote cage-free eggs.

How You Can Help

Supporting WSPA’s campaign to stop factory farming with a donation will help put an end to the shocking cruelty suffered by billions of animals worldwide.

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