Major food retailers hold the key to improving the lives of farmed animals. Mercy For Animals is here to help.
Corporations control the fate of billions of farmed animals. A single policy change by a major restaurant or grocery chain can reduce the suffering of countless animals. That's why our corporate outreach work seeks to move the biggest players in the food industry to eliminate the cruelest farming practices and adopt meaningful animal welfare policies.
From corporate campaigns, such as shareholder resolutions, protests, and petitions, to positive corporate engagement, which includes consultation, research, and connection to animal welfare experts, MFA is constantly working to push the ball forward for farmed animals.
The Five Freedoms
We support and advocate for policies that at a minimum comply with the universally accepted “Five Freedoms”:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Our current priorities include addressing the following issues.
On modern farms mother pigs are crammed into metal cages called gestation crates for nearly their entire lives. These pigs can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. Such confinement leads to unimaginable suffering. Our goal is to inspire corporations to ban this cruel practice for good.
MFA has worked with the following companies to adopt policies against gestation crates:
The vast majority of egg-laying hens are given barely the space of an iPad to live out their entire lives. They never see the sun, feel the grass, or do anything that comes naturally to them like dust bathing and roosting. They can’t even walk freely, fully spread their wings, or build nests.
MFA has worked with the following corporations to eliminate battery cages for these birds:
So that their meat stays tender, calves exploited for veal are often chained inside crates so small they can’t even turn around, let alone walk, run, or play. These baby animals live miserable lives of deprivation. The age of the veal crate must end, and we’re here to make sure it does.
MFA has worked with the following companies to end the confinement of calves in veal crates:
Dairy Cow Welfare
Dairy Cow Welfare
From painful mutilations, such as tail docking and dehorning, to untreated injuries from slipping on manure-covered floors, to being dragged by their legs and necks while too sick to walk or even stand, cows are mercilessly abused on today’s factory farms. MFA is leading the charge to end many of the cruelest practices within the dairy industry.
MFA has worked with the following companies to end tail docking, dehorning without painkillers, and other abusive practices:
Broiler Chicken Welfare
Broiler Chicken Welfare
Chickens abused for meat are crowded into filthy, windowless sheds; forced to live in their own waste and toxic fumes; and bred to grow so large so fast that they are crippled by their own weight. At slaughter, birds are shackled, shocked, cut open, and scalded alive. MFA is on the frontlines, convincing companies to stop these horrific practices.
MFA has worked with the following companies to implement on-farm changes and switch to less cruel killing systems to reduce the suffering of birds:
By the Numbers
To date, we estimate that our corporate outreach department has reduced the suffering of billions of animals:
mother pigs will be spared yearly from gestation crates
egg-laying hens will be saved annually from battery cages
calves will be spared each year from veal crates
dairy cows will be protected annually from tail docking and other cruelties
chickens each year who will no longer suffer shackling, shocking, and throat slitting at slaughterhouses
will be impacted by our corporate successes