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Worldwide, millions of egg-laying hens, pregnant sows, and calves raised for veal are severely restricted in battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates, respectively. Scientific evidence has shown that animals kept in such intensive confinement are frustrated and distressed.


Intensive confinement can prevent farm animals from exercising, fully extending their limbs, or engaging in many other important natural behaviors. Constrained in barren cages and crates, animals can experience long-term physical and psychological problems. Battery cages for egg-laying hens and crates for pregnant sows and calves are simply not appropriate environments.

HSI works with governments and corporations to enact reforms to improve the treatment of farm animals. You can help by reducing, refining, and replacing meat, egg, and dairy products in your diet.



  • April 5, 2018

    Asian food industry leaders put animal welfare on their agenda

    Humane Society International hosted Indonesia’s first corporate animal welfare roundtable, bringing together leading food service, restaurant and hospitality companies to discuss the global movement towards higher animal welfare supply chains, specifically with respect to cage-free eggs.

  • March 28, 2018

    First collaboration to promote Clean Meat in India takes off

    Humane Society International/India and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, one of the country’s premier institutions for scientific research, joined together to develop and promote a laboratory-grown meat in India.

  • February 21, 2018

    Grupo Takami to source exclusively cage-free eggs

    Under its new animal welfare and sustainability initiative, Colombian restaurant group Grupo Takami announced that by 2022, its supply chain will use 100 percent cage-free eggs.

  • January 31, 2018

    Crepes & Waffles joins global cage-free egg movement

    Crepes and Waffles, Colombia’s leading restaurant company, with approximately 165 locations, announced its commitment to source exclusively cage-free eggs (shell and processed) by 2025.

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