About Crate Free Illinois

Working to Give Factory Farmed Animals a Better Life

Our Story

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

 

As Americans, we shower our house pets with love and affection. In Illinois, we have the most comprehensive laws in the country 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.

 Pig in dark

Formed in March 2015, Crate Free Illinois is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The people who work with Crate Free Illinois 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. 

Our Mission:

Reduce Suffering of Animals on Factory Farms 

 

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

Chickens overcrowded

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

 

Factory farm 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choices; we need more laws to protect farm animals; and more producers still need to transition away from inhumane and outdated practices.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 and Founder

 

Lisa Lubin

Lisa Lubin

Executive Director

 

Jean Paul Olmsted

Jean Paul Olmsted

Board Member

 

Kathy Tullio

Kathy Tullio

Board Member

 

Volunteer Staff

 

Priscilla Reynolds

Priscilla Reynolds

Vice President & Social Media Coordinator

 

Shelley Chipkin

Shelley Chipkin

Co-Director Fundraising/Events

Lisa Schmalz

Lisa Schmalz

Co-Director Fundraising/Events

Layla Gallagher

Layla Gallagher

Fundraising/Events

David Ouellette

David Ouellette

Secretary

 

Jackie Hiras

Jackie Hiras

Treasurer

 

Andrew Puccetti

Andrew Puccetti

Community Engagement Manager

 

Christy Slaby

Christy Slaby

Social Media Coordinator

 

Sam Damiano

Sam Damiano

Social Media Coordinator

 

Lauren Prather

Lauren Prather

Student Outreach

 

Charmaine Nielsen

Charmaine Nielsen

Special Projects

 

Bug

Bug

Office Manager

 

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