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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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Meet Local Farmer: Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms

Meet Local Farmer: Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms

This month, we’re speaking with Kevin Fulton of Fulton Farms. Kevin operates a holistically managed organic farming operation near Litchfield, Nebraska. This diversified farm includes a pasture-based, multi-species livestock operation, along with grain, hay and custom...

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Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free

Tell Aldi to Go 100% Gestation Crate Free

  At Crate Free Illinois, our mission is to improve the lives of animals raised for food. And we work hard to take a very pragmatic approach to this. Ideally, we’d like everyone to change his or her eating behavior in the following ways: Reduce meat consumption,...

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Animal Advocates: Educating Youth About Farm Animal Welfare

Animal Advocates: Educating Youth About Farm Animal Welfare

Living in a society that normalizes the exploitation of farm animals, Crate Free Illinois strongly believes that education is the best way to encourage positive change and critical thinking. Without challenging the rooted mindsets that believe animal factories are a...

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History of Animal Exploitation

History of Animal Exploitation

Throughout history our livelihood has been interwoven with animals. People have harnessed animal muscle power and used animals' bodies for fuel, skins, food, and countless products allowing people to thrive. Linda Kalof’s shares some fascinating, but also gruesome,...

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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...

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