Animal related

The Humane League


Rockville, MD


We are working relentlessly to reduce animal suffering through grassroots education to change eating habits and corporate campaigns to reform farm animal treatment.

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David Coman-Hidy

Main Address

PO Box 10476

Rockville, MD 20849 USA


animal advocacy, vegan, vegetarian, humane, animals, campaigns, education, outreach, research





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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On today's factory farms, billions of animals live miserable lives in the most unnatural and inhumane conditions possible. Mistreatment, illness, injury, and premature death are common. Those who survive often spend their last minutes in terror and pain. But it doesn't have to be this way.

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The Humane League is an international farm animal protection organization working to reduce the suffering of as many animals as possible. We envision a world where humanity's treatment of animals is just.

We focus on reforming the way farm animals are treated while inspiring people to make more compassionate food choices. We run hard-hitting corporate campaigns and wide-ranging outreach and education programs, supported by an extensive and growing network of organization, activists, and supporters around the world.

The Humane League's corporate outreach targeting major retailers, restaurants, and foodservice providers has made great strides for animals. Our cage-free campaigns have expanded globally, and our boldest and most impactful campaign yet — creating sweeping welfare improvements for the nine billion chickens raised for meat in the U.S. — is already making waves in the industry.

The Humane League's tried-and-true campaign model focuses on the major corporations that profit from cruelty, exposing the reality of how animals are treated and leveraging our activist and supporter network to apply public pressure.

Our success is fueled by a strong and growing body of supporters around the world. We actively seek to empower our movement by building local, regional, international, and virtual groups of concerned individuals who take action for animals. The Humane League has a presence in cities and on campuses across the US, as well as the UK, Mexico, and Japan.

Recognizing that we can have even greater impact through collaboration, The Humane League founded the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition composed of 28 of the most effective animal protection groups on six continents. OWA member groups receive training in The Humane League's tactics and support in driving progress for animals in their home countries.

Everything The Humane League does is driven by one question: how many farm animals will our initiatives spare from suffering? Each major corporation that commits to ending the cruel practices in their supply chain represents another step forward for millions of animals. By going company by company, industry by industry, until the worst abuses are eliminated, The Humane League is making a difference for billions of animals.

Recent victories include corporate commitments that will end the industry practice of caging hens in the US. Through our international offices and the Open Wing Alliance, we continue to work to ban battery cages worldwide, and have secured numerous global and regional commitments.

In 2016, we won a campaign that will stop the cruel egg industry practice of grinding up male chicks. And we played a critical role in passing a law in Massachusetts to ban some of the most horrifying practices on farms such as veal crates and battery cage confinement. Thanks to the success of this initiative, we are now working to pass a similar law in California.

With our 88% Campaign, we were the driving force behind the first welfare commitment that will improve the lives of the billions of chickens raised for meat. Like our campaign to ban battery cages, the 88% Campaign will continue until the entire industry is reformed.

Finally, The Humane League continues to work to build the movement for animals by training and empowering activists, inspiring individuals to make compassionate dietary choices, and conducting actionable research through Humane League Labs.

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