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There has never been a more critical moment for our food system.

And in government bodies and legislatures across America, there has never been more attention focused on the challenges our food system faces—from animal suffering to environmental destruction, social injustice to dishonest food labels, antibiotic resistance to pandemic risk.

We know that building a future of food that is compassionate to animals, regenerative for our planet, fair to communities and workers, and trustworthy for consumers will require transformative change. That’s why, in addition to food companies stepping up and meeting demand for higher welfare practices, we also need robust public policy at every level of government to drive the shift away from factory farming, towards a resilient food system that is kinder and more sustainable for animals, people, and the planet.

Whether it’s petitioning federal agencies, contacting legislators, or supporting critical ballot initiatives, Compassion USA rallies animal advocates, conscious consumers, planet protectors, and concerned citizens from all walks of life to call for a food system that works for everyone. Through strategic action online and on the ground, we work to advance smart policies to end cruel factory farming practices; combat the climate crisis; secure justice for communities, farmers, and workers; protect cherished habitats and wildlife; and build a better food future for families across the country.

Stop Underwater Factory Farms

Stop Underwater Factory Farms

So far, we’ve managed to keep the chaos and cruelty of fish factory farms out of federal waters, but the industry has a new plan to open our oceans to their profiteering—and they must be stopped.

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Tell Congress: Protect Animals and Workers

Tell Congress: Protect Animals and Workers

The House of Representatives recently introduced critical legislation to stop the reckless high-speed slaughter of pigs and chickens during the COVID-19 pandemic—we must make sure it passes!

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Stop Mass Slaughter

Stop Mass Slaughter

The factory farming industry is permitting the cruel on-farm slaughter of millions of animals in the wake of COVID-19-related slaughterhouse shutdowns—and it's time for Congress to act.

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Luckily, progress is on the march, with seven states from coast to coast passing crucial legislation to eliminate cruel cage confinement for egg-laying hens—widely considered one of the worst-of-the-worst factory farming practices. Even better, many of those states have also banned the sale of out-of-state products from caged hens, meaning these laws will benefit birds across the nation.

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2018, California voters passed a ballot initiative (updated from 2008 ballot initiative and 2010 legislation) that will phase out cage confinement for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal; as well as the sale of shell and liquid eggs, whole cuts of pork, and veal from productions that do not meet these standards. The law also establishes minimum space and enrichment requirements. The updated legislation was set to take effect in phases after December 31, 2019.

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1. CALIFORNIA

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2020, Colorado passed legislation that prohibits the production and sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens, as well as establishes minimum space and enrichment requirements. The legislation is set to take effect in phases starting on January 1, 2023.

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2. COLORADO

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2016, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative banning the confinement of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal in a manner that prevents them “from lying down, standing up, fully extending the animal’s limbs, or turning around freely"; as well as the sale of shell eggs, whole cuts of pork, and veal from operations that do not meet these standards. The law also establishes minimum space requirements for egg-laying hens. The legislation is set to take effect on January 1, 2022. 

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3. MASSACHUSETTS

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2019, Michigan passed legislation (updated from 2009) that prohibits the production and sale of eggs from caged hens, as well as establishing minimum space and enrichment requirements. It also bans the housing of gestating sows or calves raised for veal in a manner that prevents them from “lying down, standing up, or fully extending its limbs...[and] turning around freely.” These new standards will take effect on October 1, 2012 for veal calves, April 1, 2020 for gestating sows, and December 31, 2024 for egg-laying hens.

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4. MICHIGAN

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2010, Ohio set new regulations phasing out battery cages by placing a moratorium on construction of battery cage systems for non-existing farms, as well as establishing minimum space requirements. The regulations also phase out veal crates (by 2017) and gestation crates (by 2025).

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5. OHIO

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2019, Oregon passed legislation that prohibits the production and sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens, and establishes minimum space and enrichment requirements. The legislation is set to take effect on January 1, 2024. 

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6. OREGON

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2012 (sows and veal calves) and 2018 (egg-laying hens), Rhode Island passed legislation that prohibits the confinement of these animals in a manner that prevents them from “turning around freely, lying down, standing up or fully extending the animal’s limbs”; and establishes minimum space requirements for egg-laying hens. The legislation is set to take effect on July 1, 2026.

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7. RHODE ISLAND

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2019, Washington state passed legislation that prohibits the production and sale of eggs and egg products from caged hens, and establishes minimum space and enrichment requirements. The legislation is set to take effect on January 1, 2024.

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8. WASHINGTON

Cage-Free Laws: State by State

In 2021, Utah passed legislation that prohibits the production of eggs from caged hens, and establishes minimum space and enrichment requirements. The legislation is set to take effect on January 1, 2025.

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9. UTAH
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