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Factory farming

Pigs crammed into sow stalls, Indonesia

The majority of the world's farm animals currently live in miserable factory conditions, raisedusing 'production line' methods. High output is achieved by subjecting the animals to intense and prolonged suffering.

They live short, barren lives, spent in cages, crates, overcrowded sheds and narrow stalls. There is no guarantee of a humane death.

WSPA is working to end factory farming by raising awareness, establishing local coalitions and promoting and demonstrating humane alternatives.

Caged and suffering

Factory farmed animals are crammed together in conditions that prohibit natural behaviour – they cannot eat, exercise or form relationships as they are meant to. In some cases, they live without daylight.

The poor conditions often cause animals to become seriously ill. Antibiotics are used to keep them alive long enough to produce food.

Factory farms are also characterised by forced growth rates, which cause the animals terrible suffering.

Welfare standards case study: free range vs. factory

Free range dairy cow and calf

A free range dairy cow will stay with her calf, quickly developing a strong bond. A cow will feed its calf for six to eight months, and they will experience the outdoors together.

A factory farmed dairy cow is usually separated from her calf shortly after birth, causing great distress. Her milk is reserved for humans – high-energy feed will force her to produce around ten times more milk than she would naturally. Stress causes painful udder infections and lameness, made worse by manure covered concrete floors. To find out more, take a look inside the factory farms >>

It doesn’t have to be like this

WSPA is campaigning for sustainable farming systems that are kinder to animals and the environment, and benefit human health and reduce poverty.

We work in Latin American and Asia, where factory farming is expanding rapidly. WSPA’s Model Farm Project is demonstrating how humane farming can be cost-effective and create a sustainable and secure food supply.

WSPA also leads the Asian Coalition for Farm Animals (ACFA), bringing together Asian NGOs that are working to raise awareness and lobbying for legislation. ACFA is running successful campaigns in countries including South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. WSPA is working to establish a similar coalition in Latin America.

You can take action too

Help end factory farming by eating better, safer and kinder.

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.


Visit WSPA's Farm Welfare site for more information for governments, NGOs and academics.

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