About Crate Free USA

Working to Improve Animal Welfare Standards on Factory Farms

 

Our Mission:

Reduce Suffering of Animals on Factory Farms 

Our Story

Formed in March 2015, Crate Free USA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The people who work with Crate Free USA are a group of animal lovers (some vegetarian or vegan, some not) united by their belief that, in the end, there’s really no difference between cruelty inflicted on a dog, cat, bird, horse, chicken, calf or pig.

 

 

Why We Do This

 

Factory-farmed animals are the most exploited and least protected group of animals on the planet.

 

Pig in dark

As Americans, we shower our house pets with love and affection. Across the nation, there are comprehensive laws to protect dogs and cats. But sadly, factory-farmed animals are the most exploited and least protected group of animals on the planet. As a result they endure mistreatment in ways that are hard to even imagine.

And unfortunately, most meat eaters have no idea of what happens to food animals before they get to the plate.

There is something seriously wrong with a food system where the best day of an animal’s life is the day that life is taken. Our purpose is to change this through consumer education, activism, and by supporting farmers who treat animals and the environment with respect.

What’s life like for a pig, chicken, cow or calf on a factory farm?

 

Chickens overcrowded

Factory farms are designed to do one thing: Make money. The victims, of course, are the unfortunate animals who exist there.

Factory farmed animals lead lives of unrelenting misery. They suffer extreme confinement and are deprived of their natural behaviors. They’re bred to grow way too quickly to unnatural weights. Breeding sows endure their lives in crates so small they can’t turn around and egg-laying chickens exist in spaces so small they can’t spread their wingsEven mutilation is routine.

Factory farmers are eager to advertise their advancements in things like nutrition, technology, and livestock management. Yet most consumers agree: This is no substitute for humane animal stewardship.

The good news is that many producers around the country are hearing consumers and eliminating crates and cages.

But the fight is far from over: More consumers need to make humane food choices; we need more laws to protect farm animals; and more producers still need to transition away from inhumane and outdated practices.

Board of Directors

Jessica Chipkin

Jessica Chipkin

President, Founder, & Treasurer

Lisa Lubin

Lisa Lubin

Executive Director

 

Suzanne Alton de Eraso

Suzanne Alton de Eraso

Board Member

Kathy Tullio

Kathy Tullio

Board Member

 

Jean Paul Olmsted

Jean Paul Olmsted

Board Member

Tyler Lobdell

Tyler Lobdell

Board Member

Volunteer Staff

Shelley Chipkin

Shelley Chipkin

Fundraising Director

 

Lisa Schmalz

Lisa Schmalz

Fundraising Coordinator

 

Layla Gallagher

Layla Gallagher

Fundraising Coordinator

 

Molly Craig

Molly Craig

Fundraising Coordinator

Priscilla Reynolds

Priscilla Reynolds

Vice President & Social Media Coordinator

 

Emma Balinski

Emma Balinski

Social Media Coordinator

Hana Nabulsi

Hana Nabulsi

Student Outreach Coordinator

Camryn Hollarsmith

Camryn Hollarsmith

Campaigns Coordinator

Sam Damiano

Sam Damiano

Photographer

Jessica Kirchberg

Jessica Kirchberg

Special Projects

Charmaine Nielsen

Charmaine Nielsen

Special Projects

 

Bug

Bug

Office Manager

 

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EXCITING NEWS:
We are now Crate Free USA!

 

We have some news to share that we are pretty excited about…

We have changed our name to Crate Free USA!

But our mission remains the same: to reduce the suffering

of animals on factory farms.

 

We are still based in Illinois and will continue our grassroots efforts to support local farmers who pasture raise and treat their animals and the environment with respect. And, we’ll be as vocal as ever about the growth of factory farms in Illinois and beyond and all of the negative impacts on animals, the environment, and rural communities.

 

That said, we have also been working on national campaigns for a few years now — starting with our success in 2018 in getting Trader Joe’s to commit to a largely crate-free pork supply chain.  And now we are deeply engaged in two other campaigns, both national in scope, to get Aldi and Costco to take a strong stand for pig welfare and commit to a public timeline to go 100% crate-free.  

 

Our new name more clearly reflects the scope of our work and we are excited to continue our work on behalf of farmed animals across America. We hope you will continue to support us in this important work. Onwards!

Thank you!