Our story

Peter Roberts

Compassion in World Farming founder, British dairy farmer Peter Roberts

Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 in England by a British farmer who became horrified by the development of intensive factory farming. Over 40 years ago he decided to make a difference and take a stand against this farming system. In his lifetime, Peter Roberts saw the demise of veal crates and gestation crates in the UK, and in Europe achieved recognition that animals are sentient beings and secured a ban on the barren battery cage and gestation crates for sows (except for the period up to four weeks into pregnancy).

Today at Compassion in World Farming, we campaign peacefully on a global level, to end all cruel factory farming practices. We believe that the biggest cause of cruelty on the planet deserves a focused, specialized approach – so we only work on farm animal welfare.

Our US office is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is headed up by our US Executive Director, Leah Garces.

Campaigning to end factory farming

Compassion has recently expanded its advocacy to include all areas that are detrimentally impacted by factory farming, including: animals, the environment, public health, and community and workers’ justice.

Compassion USA is dedicated to reforming a broken food and farming system and introducing a more humane, fair, and sustainable one. Our vision is a world where farm animals are treated with compassion and respect.

95% of all factory farmed animals in the US are chickens raised for meat (also known as broilers), negatively affecting nearly 9 billion animals per year. That is why Compassion USA has set out to tackle this key area with our flagship campaign, the Better Chicken Initiative. We will continue to work throughout the US to reform what we see as one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Read our Strategic Plan (pdf) >>


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Our achievements

We are immensely proud of what we have achieved for farm animals in the US and all over the world, thanks to the help of our supporters who make these initiatives possible:

Food Business Program

Compassion in World Farming’s Food Business Team works with some of the world’s biggest food companies to help establish policies that improve the lives of animals in their supply chain. More and more companies are acknowledging consumer demand for higher animal welfare standards— from ditching cages for egg-laying hens to removing gestation crates for mother pigs to improving living conditions for broiler chickens. Recent progress includes:

Read more about progress from food businesses >>

Advocacy Campaigns

Factory farming harms animals, our health, the environment, and farmers and farm workers. Through our advocacy campaigns, Compassion USA works to raise awareness of the impacts of factory farming, and encourage consumers to demand better. The movement is gaining momentum. Our campaigns have reached over 100 million people and counting:

Read more about our campaigns >>

Encouraging and Rewarding Progress

When top food companies commit to meaningful change, they pave the way for others to follow. We're proud to recognize leaders in the food industry creating a better world for farm animals. We also benchmark food businesses on their transparency and animal welfare policies to encourage progress.

  • Since 2007, our Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards have highlighted companies committed to establishing higher welfare standards in their global supply chains.
  • Compassion in World Farming is a founding member of the Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), the world’s leading measure of company performance on farm animal welfare and transparency. Our ratings drive corporate decision-making and have inspired change within some of the world’s biggest companies.
  • Top food industry investors are taking note that consumers care about animal welfare. In a groundbreaking letter, 18 institutional investors recently pledged to take farm animal welfare and transparency policies into account when analyzing food companies.

Thanks for listening

To see the specific, measurable progress we're making together in our fight to end factory farming, please see Our Impact here

Our Impact

Thanks to the passion and generosity of our supporters, we have made a great deal of progress to end the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet- factory farming. We believe that farm animals should not and need not suffer. If you agree, please consider making a donation today.

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You can also help by joining the movement to improve the lives of farm animals!


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