Factory farming

Pigs crammed into sow stalls, Indonesia

The majority of the world's farm animals currently live in miserable conditions, raisedusing 'production line' methods. High output is achieved by subjecting the animals to intense and prolonged suffering.

They live short, barren lives, spent in cages, crates, overcrowded sheds and narrow stalls. There is no guarantee of a humane death.

WSPA is working to end factory farming by raising awareness, establishing local coalitions and promoting and demonstrating humane alternatives.

Caged and suffering

Factory farmed animals are crammed together in conditions that prohibit natural behaviour – they cannot eat, exercise or form relationships as they are meant to. In some cases, they live without daylight.

The poor conditions often cause animals to become seriously ill. Antibiotics are often used to prevent the spread of diseases in these crowded conditions.

It doesn’t have to be like this

Free range dairy cow and calf

Free range dairy cow and calf


WSPA is campaigning for sustainable farming systems that are kinder to animals and the environment, and benefit human health and reduce poverty.

We work in Latin American and Asia, where factory farming is expanding rapidly. WSPA’s Model Farm Project, carried out in partnership with FAI, demonstrates how humane farming can be cost-effective and create a sustainable and secure food supply.

You can take action too

Help end factory farming by eating better, safer and kinder.

Supporting WSPA’s campaign to stop factory farming with a donation will help put an end to the shocking cruelty suffered by billions of animals worldwide.

Visit WSPA's Farm Welfare site for more information for governments, NGOs and academics.