Factory farming is slowly but surely tightening its stranglehold on our food system. In the United States, this disastrous practice violates the rights of people and animals. Now, more than ever, change is necessary on behalf of animals, the environment, public health, and community and worker justice.
Whether it’s the extermination of male chicks in the egg industry, calves raised for veil living inside a crate, farmworkers with unfit working conditions, or communities exposed to dangerous chemicals—every living being trapped within the American factory farming system has a story, a violation of their rights, and for most animals a cruel end to their short and painful lives. While these practices are inhumane and unacceptable, they’re only a symptom of a larger problem—one that demands the attention of congress.
Animals raised for food, farmers, and families need the Farm System Reform Act. Their quest to squeeze as much profit out of slaughterhouses as possible by dangerously ramping up line speeds and forcing workers into cramped, unsanitary quarters has resulted in the COVID hotspots that have shut these facilities down.
Now instead of addressing these systemic problems, they want liability protection that prevents workers from seeking compensation when they get sick as a result of the industry’s failure to follow proper public health guidelines.
It's clearer than ever before just how broken and inflexible our factory farm-dependent food system has become. It’s not enough to mitigate this suffering, we must prevent it entirely and we’ll need the help of Congress to do it. Tell your Senators
Two weeks ago, US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reaffirmed their opposition to the factory farming system and introduced legislation to end it. If passed, the Farm System Reform Act would place an immediate moratorium on new or expanding factory farms, ban the operation of factory farms by 2040, and allocate billions of dollars to help farmers transition away from industrial animal agriculture.
If we’re going to build a more just and sustainable food system, it will require embracing big ideas like those in this bill. But these senators can’t undo decades worth of factory farm intensification on their own—they need the help of your senators, too. Will you take 2 minutes right now and use our form to email your senators and ask them to co-sponsor this historic bill to end factory farming?