Farm Animal Rights
Humane Farming Association
Established in 1985
Mission Statement: HFA’s goals are: 1) to protect farm animals from cruelty; 2) to protect the public from the dangerous misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms; 3) to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.
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New York Times declared The Humane Farming Association National Veal Boycott as the most successful animal rights boycott in the United States, as it has driven per capita veal consumption in the U.S. to an all-time low, from a high of 3.4 million calves to under 0.5 million calves.
Achieved a drop of nearly 70% in the sale of drugged, anemic, and tortured baby calves.
HFA’s underground investigation of a notorious hog factory in Ohio was featured in HBO’s Death on A Factory Farm, which recently won a Genesis Award for best film documentary. As a result, for the first time in Ohio’s history, the pig farm was successfully prosecuted for cruelty.
How HFA is making a difference
Farm Animal Rescue Suwanna Ranch
HFA’s Suwanna Ranch – the world’s largest farm animal refuge – provides over seven square miles of land for rescued victims of animal cruelty. Suwanna Ranch continues to gain national recognition for its lifesaving work – providing rescue assistance and refuge to hundreds of abused and neglected animals each year. In addition to providing care and shelter to abused animals seized in cruelty cases, Suwanna Ranch also functions as one of the region’s largest wildlife sanctuaries. Several areas within Suwanna Ranch are maintained as protected habitats for deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, possum, owl, beaver, otter, eagle, hawk, quail, wild turkey, egret, pheasant, great blue heron, and other wildlife. HFA’s dedicated staff has instituted security measures in order to apprehend persons found hunting/trespassing.
HFA’s program to end the inhumane treatment of farm animals is far reaching and multi-faceted. HFA’s award-winning The Pig Picture documentary along with HFA’s Level I and Level II Farm Animal Educational Books are being used by teachers nationwide to explore the problems of factory farming.
Humane Farming Association advocates for the passing of several legislative bills, including bills designed to prohibit “animal crush videos” and advocating to close a loophole in animal fighting law. While some of these laws have been dealt with on local and regional levels, some of the laws are the first of its kind on a federal level.