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Crate Free USA Volunteer Q&A: Meet Tyler Lobdell

Crate Free USA Volunteer Q&A: Meet Tyler Lobdell

Tyler Lobdell grew up around the farms in rural Illinois. He joined our team about a year ago and has since become a board member and most recently was a panelist at our Factory Farm Town Hall in March. Tyler is Food and Water Watch's factory farming staff attorney....

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Our Second Annual Fundraiser and Animal Welfare Town Hall

Our Second Annual Fundraiser and Animal Welfare Town Hall

Last month Crate Free USA hosted Chicago's first factory Farmed animal welfare town hall, an event to raise the public’s awareness of the major issues with factory farming—the documented inhumane treatment of farm animals (especially the millions of confined pigs and...

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Chicago’s First Factory Farmed Animal Welfare Town Hall

Chicago’s First Factory Farmed Animal Welfare Town Hall

Last year over 100 animal lovers attended our first ever film screening and panel discussion on farmed animal  welfare. We're thrilled to announce that we're doing it again! Chicago's First Factory Farmed Animal Welfare Town Hall An evening of food, film, and focus on...

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What are Ag Gag Laws & Why You Should Care

What are Ag Gag Laws & Why You Should Care

Undercover farm investigation. Photo: We Animals Media   You have probably heard the term “ag-gag” in the news at some point over the last few years, especially if you keep up with industrial agricultural news, or farmed animal welfare news, as both of these...

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Be Mindful and Make Humane Choices for Your Holiday Meals

Be Mindful and Make Humane Choices for Your Holiday Meals

With the holidays around the corner it’s important to choose your food products wisely and practice conscious consumerism. The traditional American Christmas dinner and other holiday celebratory meals often consist of turkey, poultry, beef, and ham in large...

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Environmental Effects of Factory Farming

Environmental Effects of Factory Farming

North Carolina hog farm. (Photo: Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance) In the U.S. alone, 9 billion animals are raised and slaughtered each year for humans to eat (much of it still going to waste). It is a gargantuan industry that puts an enormous strain on our natural...

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Meet Local Farmer: Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms

Meet Local Farmer: Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms

This month, we’re speaking with Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms. Kevin operates a holistically managed organic farming operation near Litchfield, Nebraska. This diversified farm includes a pasture-based, multi-species livestock operation, along with grain, hay and custom...

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Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free

Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free

  At Crate Free USA, our mission is to improve the lives of animals raised for food. And we work hard to take a very pragmatic approach to this. Ideally, we’d like everyone to change his or her eating behavior in the following ways: Reduce meat consumption,...

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Animal Advocates: Educating Youth About Farm Animal Welfare

Animal Advocates: Educating Youth About Farm Animal Welfare

Living in a society that normalizes the exploitation of farm animals, Crate Free Illinois strongly believes that education is the best way to encourage positive change and critical thinking. Without challenging the rooted mindsets that believe animal factories are a...

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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!