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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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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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