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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...

Humane Society Forms Agricultural Advisory Council in Illinois

Humane Society Forms Agricultural Advisory Council in Illinois

Efforts to bring more humane treatment of farm animals recently received a huge boost with the announcement that the Humane Society, the nation’s pre-eminent animal welfare organization, has established a State Agriculture Advisory Council in Illinois. Mission of...

The Multitude of Problems with Factory Farming

The Multitude of Problems with Factory Farming

Cheap Meat Equals Climate Change What is the problem with factory farming? The factory farming industry plays a major role in contributing to the problem of global climate change. This particular issue does not get addressed nearly as much as it should due to the...

Local Farmer Q&A: Meet Cliff McConville of All Grass Farms

Local Farmer Q&A: Meet Cliff McConville of All Grass Farms

Meet Sustainable Farmer Cliff McConville Insurance broker turned sustainable farmer Cliff McConville owns All Grass Farms, a 150 acre farm in Dundee, Illinois. Cliff’s farm animals are humanely pasture-raised and largely grass fed, with no pens or cages. They are free...

Delivering Change to Trader Joe’s Headquarters

Delivering Change to Trader Joe’s Headquarters

Thank you to everyone who signed our petition, and made phone calls or sent emails, in support of our initiative. Also, special thanks to everyone who donated to help us fund the printing and in-person delivery of the petition and comments to the Trader Joe’s...

Crate Free IL News: Trader Joe’s Sells Inhumane Pork Products

Crate Free IL News: Trader Joe’s Sells Inhumane Pork Products

**UPDATE** We are traveling from Illinois to California to deliver our petition of nearly 370,000 signatures in person on March 14. We will be meeting with some management at Trader Joe's headquarters and are hopeful they will be announcing a timeline to phase out...

Announcing Our Brand New Look!

Announcing Our Brand New Look!

We are very excited to share with you Crate Free Illinois' new look and completely re-designed website! We want to make your experience here simple, clean and easy-to-navigate. Please have a spin around and let us know what you think. We're excited about the entire...

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