Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS)
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one in every 30. Established in 1954, HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, HSUS is also the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond. Our mission statement: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.
birds’ esophagi and pumping an unnatural quantity of food directly into their stomachs. Force-feeding induces hepatic lipidosis and causes the birds’ livers to become diseased and swollen. Substantial scientific evidence suggests that force-feeding causes pain and injury from feeding tube insertion, fear and stress during capture and handling, gait abnormality due to distended livers, pathologies in liver function, and increased mortality. Force-feeding birds to produce foie gras is detrimental to their welfare.
degradation, dwindling water supplies, and air pollution, in addition to detrimentally impacting rural and urban communities, public health, and animal welfare. The breadth of this sector’s global impacts has been largely underestimated and underappreciated. Indeed, meat, egg, and milk production are not narrowly focused on the direct rearing and slaughtering of farm animals. Rather, the animal agriculture sector encompasses grain and fertilizer production, substantial water use, and significant energy expenditures to transport feed, farm animals, and finished meat, egg, and dairy products.
Salmonella, and, very rarely, the infectious agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy, colloquially known as “mad cow disease.” The exclusion of nonambulatory cattle from slaughter for human consumption may strengthen the safety of the food supply and is a prudent measure already in place throughout the European Union.
welfare disadvantage compared to any cage-free production system.