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Crate Free Illinois Volunteer Profile: Christy Slaby

Crate Free Illinois Volunteer Profile: Christy Slaby

Introduction Crate Free Illinois is an entirely volunteer run organization and we rely on a dedicated and efficient team of people to advance our mission statement. Christy Slaby is one of these instrumental volunteers. Christy discovered Crate Free Illinois back in...

Foie Gras: A Cruel and Unnecessary Delicacy

Foie Gras: A Cruel and Unnecessary Delicacy

I am one of the guilty ones. I’ve eaten and enjoyed foie gras a good portion of my life. My guilt is somewhat assuaged by the innocence of youth. Being raised by a French mother and having spent four years of my childhood in France, this was a part of my heritage....

McDonald’s Chicken Welfare Policy Issues – Q&A with The Humane League

McDonald’s Chicken Welfare Policy Issues – Q&A with The Humane League

Last spring, The Humane League and other large animal protection organizations like Mercy for Animals and Animal Equality launched a campaign urging McDonald’s to address issues with the chickens it buys from its suppliers and then sells to McDonald's customers. We...

Our First Large Fundraiser to Reduce Farm Animal Suffering

Our First Large Fundraiser to Reduce Farm Animal Suffering

Last week Crate Free Illinois and the Humane League-Chicago partnered to host, Reduce Farm Animal Suffering in Illinois: "Eating Animals,"  an event to raise the public's awareness of the major issues with factory farming and put an end factory farming cruelty -- from...

Meet Local Farmer: Dan Dietrich of Dietrich Ranch

Meet Local Farmer: Dan Dietrich of Dietrich Ranch

The Dietrich Ranch in Central Ogle County, Illinois, has been in operation since the 1940's when their great grandfather bought the property. They raise 100% grass-fed beef, lamb, and free range pastured chicken. All of their animals are raised without use of...

Pragmatism vs. Purity: How We Keep Our Message Mainstream

Pragmatism vs. Purity: How We Keep Our Message Mainstream

I am often questioned why veganism is not part of Crate Free Illinois’ strategy. After all, we are an animal welfare organization. What my vegan questioners usually don’t realize is that they’re asking someone who shares their lifestyle. I bring Beyond Burgers into...

Pig Farrowing Crates: A “comfy” place, or a lifetime of confinement?

Pig Farrowing Crates: A “comfy” place, or a lifetime of confinement?

The Knox County Pork Producers Association, in Knox County, Illinois, recently shared some photos on their Facebook page of some newborn piglets with their mom. The mother is in a pig farrowing crate, which – according to their post – provides this little family with...

Critter Camp at Anderson Animal Shelter

Critter Camp at Anderson Animal Shelter

This summer, Crate Free Illinois and Anderson Animal Shelter, located in South Elgin, Illinois, partnered to teach children about where their food comes from. Humane Education Program For more than thirty years, Anderson Animal Shelter has had a humane education...

Why Can’t All Farms Be This Way?

Why Can’t All Farms Be This Way?

80 degrees. Sunshine. Low humidity. We couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect summer day for our first annual volunteer outing. Friends and Family Day at All Grass Farms in Illinois   On Sunday, July 8, about two dozen Crate Free Illinois volunteers, family and...

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