1. Learn about the Issue
You're in the perfect place to start! Read through ASPCA.org's Farm Animal Cruelty section for a quick education on why factory farms are such a significant threat.
2. Discover How Animal Products Are Made
Ask questions and do research to make educated purchasing decisions. If you choose to purchase animal products, find out how they were produced: Investigate whether the animals were raised in intensive confinement, or whether they had fresh air, adequate space and the opportunity to engage in natural behaviors. Talk to farmers and producers of all kinds.
3. Let Money Talk
Your wallet is a great source of power. You can choose to buy products from farms with high standards of animal welfare, or to limit the amount of animal products you purchase. One way to do this is to purchase foods with animal welfare certification labels, and another is to pool resources with others in your community to buy foods from more humane sources.
4. Ask Local Grocers and Restaurants to Offer Foods that Are More Humanely Raised
Food purveyors can make a huge difference by carrying animal products created in more humane environments than factory farms. As a patron, consider asking your favorite establishments to carry them.
5. Spread the Word
Word of mouth is a powerful tool. Tell others about factory farming and discuss the solutions. Start with your friends and family, or go for a larger audience by sharing information on your website, Facebook page, twitter or blog…and don’t forget to add a link to our factory farming information!
6. Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade
Tell your state and federal legislators that you’re disturbed by the inhumane treatment of animals on factory farms and would like to see legislation passed ensuring that all animals raised for food spend their lives in healthier, more humane conditions. Stay up-to-date on current farm animal legislation by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.
7. Fight for Food Safety
Housing thousands of animals in close contact, with substandard sanitation and high levels of stress, is a recipe for disaster. Bacterial infections such as salmonella and E. coli, as well as diseases such as Mad Cow and Foot-and-Mouth, are often traced to factory farms. Additionally, factory farms typically feed animals small, daily doses of antibiotics to keep them functioning in otherwise unhealthy environments, which can cause antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that can be passed on to humans. Make sure to voice your concerns about these health issues.
8. Take Action in Your Community
There’s strength in numbers! Start a letter-writing campaign. Circulate a petition. Organize a local meeting. Join a group in your area working against factory farms. If there isn’t one, gather your friends and neighbors to form a citizens’ action group—these groups can help stop factory farms from taking root in a community.
9. Meet Farm Animals
One way to really understand how horribly inhumane factory farms are is to acquaint yourself with farm animals. Just like companion animals, they have emotional and physical needs—and a wide range of charming personalities! There are reputable sanctuaries around the country that allow visitors to take tours and meet animals rescued from factory farms. Many even encourage volunteers!
10. If You See Something, Say Something
In addition to abusing animals, factory farms threaten human and environmental health. They consume vast quantities of natural resources and pollute our air, water and soil. They may also expose their workers to unsafe conditions. Factory farms are subject to environmental and worker protection laws, creating a framework to temper their activities. Local residents and workers themselves are crucial to reporting environmental and worker safety violations: Get involved and hold factory farms accountable!