Friesian dairy cows, Netherlands

Farm animal welfare

What we do

More than 80 billion land-based farm animals are eaten every year. Most are cruelly confined to industrial, low-welfare food systems.

Protecting farmed animals

We believe that the welfare, treatment and attitude towards pigs, chickens and all farmed animals across the world must change. Millions of individual animals experience relentless suffering at the hands of the industrial factory-farming industry.

We work tirelessly to ensure farmed animals live good lives by transforming the global food system and attitudes towards farm animal welfare.

We all have a combined responsibility to work for a world where respect for animals and nature sits at the heart of our food system, which is equitable, sustainable, resilient, and capable of feeding the world.

Calf at a dairy farm, Sri Lanka. Credit: Amy Jones / Moving Animals

Credit: Amy Jones / Moving Animals

Together we're working to improve farm animal welfare and campaign to change the most intensive forms of factory-farming.

Staff member with a cow at Moo to Ewe sanctuary, Australia

Farm animal welfare: our work

At World Animal Protection, we're tackling the global problem of farmed animal suffering with a global solution by:

  • Proactive campaigning to help safeguard farm animals and encourage a global food system shift.
  • Producing and distributing animals in the wild and animals in farming reports.
  • Forming strategic alliances with like-minded supporters that want change.
  • Developing and building the case for humane sustainable alternatives.
  • Raising awareness and knowledge of animal cruelty and protection. 

 

Transforming the global food system

The safeguarding of farm animal welfare is paramount. We must put an end to the devastation caused by the global food system to ensure farmed animals live better lives, we achieve this through raising awareness of:

 

Broiler chicken on a UK farm

Credit: World Animal Protection / Tracks Investigations

  • The animal feed trade: The spike in cruel factory farming growth has a devastating impact on farmed and wild animals. There’s no bigger threat to the world’s animals, farmed and wild, than the expansion of factory farming.
  • Improving animal welfare on farms: We work with the food industry to improve animal welfare and keep animals in an environment where they can benefit from a life worth living.
  • Meat reduction: Encouraging less consumption of animal products to reduce animal suffering and protect our planet.
  • Sustainable finance: A shift in attitude from fuelling destructive factory farming to investment in humane and sustainable systems.

 

 

Through shifting attitudes, safeguarding the way farm animals are treated and implementing sustainable investment and practices, we can protect farm animals, ensure they live better lives and protect our planet.

Cow facts

Common name: Cattle. Scientific name: Bos Taurus. Distribution: Worldwide (except Antarctica)

Cows are highly social and sensitive animals. To communicate with each other they have 333 unique sounds and bond by licking one another.

Animals in farming

More than 80 billion land-based farm animals are eaten every year. Most are cruelly confined to industrial, low-welfare food systems.

Calf at a dairy farm, Sri Lanka. Credit: Amy Jones / Moving Animals

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Factory farming traps farmed animals in an endless cycle of abuse and cruelty. This tragedy will only worsen as demand for meat grows globally.

pigs, UK

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