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Chewing Podcast by Chicago Tribune’s Louisa Chu & WBEZ’s Monica Eng  – April 19, 2021  
Episode 93 – Crate Free USA

WCPT – Joan Esposito Show  – April 16, 2021  
Crate Free USA & Farm Forward discuss “humanewashing” labels used at Aldi

My Suburban Life – January 21, 2020  
Students Urge Aldi to Change Pork Policy

Kane County Chronicle – January 20, 2020
Students Petition Aldi HQ on Pig Policy – November 7, 2019
Aldi Expects Suppliers To End ‘Inhumane’ Living For Pregnant Pigs

Kane County Chronicle – November 4, 2019
Aldi Updates Animal Welfare Policy on Gestation Crates

Kane County Chronicle – September 4, 2019
Animal Welfare Groups urge Aldi to go Crate-Free on Pork Producers

Giving Tuesday – September 11, 2018
#WomenWhoGive: Jessica Chipkin, President & Founder, Crate Free Illinois

News-Gazette – July 25, 2018
Rantoul hog plant adding equipment to prevent inhumane slaughter

Kane County Chronicle – June 3, 2018
Anderson Animal Shelter Hosts Youth Humane Ed Program

WTTW Chicago Tonight – March 23, 2018
Trader Joe’s to Phase Out Gestation Crates for Some Pork Products 

Civil Eats – March 21, 2018
After a Decade of Promises, Has the Food Industry Made Progress on Gestation crates?

Patch Monrovia – March 10, 2018
Consumers Petition Trader Joe’s on Animal Welfare Practices

WTTW Chicago Tonight – January 31, 2018
Trader Joe’s responds to concerns about inhumane pork suppliers 

WTTW Chicago Tonight – January 23, 2018
Petition started by Crate Free IL targeting Trader Joe’s inhumane pork suppliers gains traction

Hard Lens Media – August 27, 2017
Interview with Crate Free IL’s Jessica Chipkin at Humane Society/Crate Free Illinois Factory Farm Summit

Facebook Live –  August 25, 2017
Humane Society & Crate Free Illinois Factory Farm Summit

Mike Nowak Show – August 20, 2017
Crate Free Illinois’ Jessica Chipkin & Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society discuss factory farming in Illinois

WTTW’s Chicago Tonight – August 16, 2017
Announcement of the new Illinois Agriculture Advisory Council 

Natural Awakenings Magazine Chicago, September 1, 2016
The Cruelty Solution On Our Phones

DeKalb Daily Chronicle, July 5, 2016 
App aims to boost awareness of crate-free livestock operations

Kane County Chronicle, June 23, 2016
Finding a Better Way to Your Plate

Mighty House Interview, WCPT Radio, January 16, 2016
Crate Free Founder Jess Chipkin Talks About Crate Free IL Mobile App

Hancock County Journal Pilot, January 13, 2016 
Miss Cool? Buy Fresh. Buy Local.

Morning Ag Clips, January 7, 2016 
Don’t Care for Imported Meat? Buy Your Meat Directly From Farmers

Norman Goldman Radio Show, January 7, 2016
Crate Free Founder Jess Chipkin Talks About the Crate Free IL Mobile App

Patch Publications, January 3, 2016
Illinois Nonprofit Launches App to Support Humane Farms, Raise Awareness

Crain’s Chicago Business, September 22, 2015
Was the chicken you’re about to eat humanely treated? This app can tell you


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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!