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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: The Humane Farming Association (HFA) - now over 200,000 members strong - is the nation''s largest and most effective organization dedicated to the protection of farm animals. Founded in 1985, HFA has gained national recognition and respect through its hard work and its highly-visible, highly-successful campaigns.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.HFA''s comprehensive programs include: anti-cruelty investigations and exposs, national media and ad campaigns, direct hands-on emergency care and refuge for abused farm animals, consumer boycotts, legislation, and youth humane education. HFA''s National Veal Boycott continues to be the single most successful campaign ever conducted against factory farming. Achieving an unprecedented drop of nearly 70% in the sale of drugged, anemic, and tortured baby calves, HFA''s groundbreaking investigations have just resulted in the first-ever felony convictions of veal industry leaders. HFA''s efforts against Bovine Growth Hormones have been pivotal in mobilizing the public against this cruel and dangerous dairy hormone. And HFA''s campaigns to stop the abuse of millions of pigs, chickens, and other victims of factory farming continue to turn the tide against the abusive factory farm industry. The outstanding work of the Humane Farming Association is regularly featured on network television and nationally-broadcast radio programs such as ABC''s PrimeTIME Live, Good Morning America, World News This Morning and CBS'' 60 Minutes. HFA''s hard-hitting expos?s have appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other major publications across the country.As HFA makes headlines for its landmark victories and hard-hitting anti-cruelty campaigns, there is another equally meaningful aspect to our work - and that is HFA''s Farm Animal Refuge. HFA''s Farm Animal Refuge is the largest farm animal rescue facility in the world. Over seven square miles, HFA''s Refuge offers hands-on emergency care, rehabilitation, and refuge for abused farm animals. HFA is the only national farm animal protection organization with a shelter that has never turned away farm animals seized as a result of a cruelty case.In 1991, HFA established its political and legislative arm - the Humane Farming Action Fund (HFAF). HFAF is the nation''s only political lobbying organization founded exclusively to protect animals raised on farms. HFAF enacts strong and enforceable legislation to outlaw animal abuse and works to ensure that existing anti-cruelty laws are not undermined or weakened by inhumane and unethical meat industry-backed legislation. All combined, HFA''s programs and activities represent the greatest hopes of those seeking to create a better world for all of earth''s creatures.

Programs: The Humane Farming Association's programs includes our campaign to end factory farming and slaughterhouse abuses. We operate the nation's largest farm animal refuge, and will turn no farm animal away that is rescued in a cruelty case. The fact that HFA stands ready to provide both temporary and permanent care encourages law enforcement agencies to use their legal authority to confiscate abused farm animals and remove them from cruelty.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've done my research, too. What I can say is that if my modest donation has even a chance of easing the suffering of one of these precious quivering creatures, then to give is my privilege, to turn away, my shame. Thank you HFA, what would they do without you?


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am very happy to see the four-star rating. HFA is a sort of midpoint for me- I am not vegan/vegetarian and find that other pro-farm-animal groups are often speaking for vegetarianism. I know that isn't a realistic goal for the majority of Americans and think that humane farming is the next best thing. I personally only buy animal products from a local farm but I know a lot of people don't have that option.
One unnamed vegetarian agenda group told me acidly, "There is no such thing as humane slaughter" when I asked if they had a list of humane animal producers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

It would make me feel more comfortable making future donations if they were excerpts of the articles and video stated in the organization description.

I am not certain if the organization is non-profit or a commercial enterprise, that is a deciding factor also in making future contributions.

The idea of an environment where these beings are treated humanely is worthy of attention and respect. Until the day that mankind comes to realize that they do not need to slaughter others for life sustenance, organizations with this specific intent are essential and necessary if mankind is to have any conscience.