Humane Society International (HSI) and our partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. We work globally to protect animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.
We participate in international forums such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Our sister organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), was elected by philanthropy specialists of Guidestar as number one in high impact in animal protection and was named by Worth Magazine as one of the top 10 as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities in the US.
HSI is working with companies, government institutions, civil society organizations, and consumers to improve the way animals are treated in food production. Our main focus is the implementation of systems that substitute two of the most intensive forms of animal confinement: the use of battery cages for laying hens and the confinement of breeding sows (female pigs) in gestation crates.
Meatless Monday and reducing or replacing meat consumption
We also invite people to reduce or replace their consumption animal-based foods as a way to help animals, health, and the planet. Our main initiative is the Meatless Monday campaign, a growing international movement that asks consumers to leave meat off of their plates one day a week, on Mondays.
The Be Cruelty-Free campaign was launched to end animal testing in the cosmetics sector in Brazil. Rabbits, mice and guinea-pigs have chemicals forced down their throat and dripped into their eyes and on to their shaved skin. It’s the ugly secret of the beauty industry that we are determined to end.