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Become a Pig Protector!

Become a Pig Protector!

If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know we care about the millions of animals being raised for food today, 99% of which are on industrialized farming operations. At Crate Free, we take a realistic and pragmatic approach. We understand the world is not...

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Crate Free Volunteers: Meet Suzanne Alton de Eraso

Crate Free Volunteers: Meet Suzanne Alton de Eraso

Here at Crate Free Illinois we are extremely grateful to our strong team of volunteers. We all come from diverse backgrounds with unique skills and passions with one definite thread -- our desire to improve the lives of farmed animals. Suzanne Alton de Eraso is an...

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Will Costco Still Allow Gestation Crates After 2022?

Will Costco Still Allow Gestation Crates After 2022?

It is undeniable in today’s world that there is widespread mistreatment of animals that are bred for food. Often hidden behind misleading packaging labels, the victims of this industry are overlooked and forgotten. Our mission at Crate Free Illinois is to reduce the...

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Meet Local Farmer: Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm

Meet Local Farmer: Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm

Part of our pragmatic approach is to be all-inclusive, understanding that the majority of people are not going to go vegan, at least not tomorrow. We want to improve the lives of animals being raised for food right now. Therefore, we support our local farmers who...

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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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