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Why We Support The Farm System Reform Act

Why We Support The Farm System Reform Act

Today’s farming industry is just that…a huge industry. Nearly every aspect of America’s food supply chain has become highly concentrated and is controlled by just a few mega-producers. This growing corporate control has unfortunately been a detriment to farmers,...

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Crate Free Illinois Volunteer Q&A: Meet Tyler Lobdell

Crate Free Illinois 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 Illinois 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...

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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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