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Farm Animals | General Considerations

The ASPCA believes that at every step of their lives – from birth to death – farm animals must be treated with compassion, protected from suffering, and provided with the Five Freedoms [PDF]: freedom from fear and distress, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, and freedom to express natural behaviors. 

This is not the case on factory-like industrial farms (nor on all small or less industrialized farms).

Farm animal suffering can be reduced through more humane farming methods and through welfare-conscious and reduced animal product consumption.