Why Bother?

Millions of Animals Suffer Every Day Because We Don’t Stop It


Your breakfast egg came from a chicken that

lives in the space the size of an iPad.



Your ham sandwich came from a hog

that lives in a space so small she can’t turn around.



Your veal cutlet came from a calf living in wooden box and deprived of water.


Most of us don’t need a degree in animal science to understand that immobilizing animals for most of their lives is inhumane.  And, let’s not forget that food animals are routinely pumped up with antibiotics to promote growth and treat mass outbreaks of illness.

pigs crates

If you’re still considering whether to join our mission, watch these videos and then head over to our volunteer page.

• Undercover at Smithfield Foods (2012 Webby Award Winner)
• Shocking Animal Cruelty at Tyson Foods Supplier (2013 Webby Award Winner)
• Meatless Monday
• Spent Hen Slaughter Exposé: Birds Abused and Scalded Alive

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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!