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The Humane League

For The Animals

Rockville, MD   |  www.thehumaneleague.org

Mission

We exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Vicky Bond

Main address

PO Box 10476

Rockville, MD 20849 USA

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EIN

04-3817491

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In less than a century, agriculture has become dominated by profit-driven corporations - creating the largest system of animal cruelty ever to exist on the face of the Earth. Globally, 130 billion land animals are raised and slaughtered every year. Billions of animals and thousands of humans suffer behind the walls of factory farms and slaughterhouses. Entire forests are cleared to make way for miles and miles of barren feedlots. Communities living downwind and downstream endure pollution and poisoning. Giant corporations squeeze contractors, customers, and - most of all - innocent animals, all in the name of profit. 94% of all animals raised for food are on factory farms; a life without sun on their backs, fresh air in their lungs, freedom to extend their limbs - or, simply, to be happy, healthy, and free. It's never been more clear: our food system is broken. And it's in dire need of repair.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grassroots Outreach

Our national network of grassroots organizers reach millions each year by lecturing in high schools and colleges, distributing literate to young people, and organizing events in their region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our team of institutional outreach and campaigns specialists have worked with hundreds of major institutions to implement new policies that expand plant-based options and boycott farms that intensively confine farmed animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top Charity 2022

Animal Charity Evaluators

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Egg-laying hens in the U.S. spared from living their lives suffering in cages

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Institutional Campaigns

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In order to keep track of the cumulative impact our broader cage-free work is having on the egg industry, we track the USDA data on the egg-laying hen flock.

Egg-laying hens in the U.S. spared from cages specifically by our work this year

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Institutional Campaigns

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In previous years, we tracked number of commitments or laws passed verses number of birds impacted so we don't have this number earlier than 2022.

New companies making commitments to end the worst abuses of chickens raised for meat

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Related Program

Institutional Campaigns

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Animal Policy Alliance member groups in the U.S.

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Institutional Campaigns

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, THL launched coordination of the Animal Policy Alliance which brings together state and local advocay organizations working on public policy issues related to large-scale animal agriculture.

Grassroots actions taken by changemakers

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Related Program

Grassroots Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number tracks a wide range of grassroots actions including advocacy emails, phone calls, social media messages to decision-makers, as well as attendance at campaign events or protests.

Open Wing Alliance member groups around the world

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Institutional Campaigns

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

THL coordinates the Open Wing Alliance (OWA) which brings together groups in 67+ countries around the world to unite to end cages for egg-laying hens and improve the lives of chickens raised for meat.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe a world that's free of animal abuse starts with a world that has less animal abuse. Step by step. Day by day. Big social change is a journey of small, yet meaningful, incremental steps. Ending the use of cages. Giving animals more space. Banning cruel breeding. All of these wins change the factory farming system, slowly breaking down its walls and getting us closer to our goal to end the abuse of animals for food.

The Humane League relentlessly works to end the abuse of animals raised for food through both institutional and individual change.

Institutionally, we work to hold the world's largest corporations accountable to higher animal welfare. By influencing companies to create and implement meaningful animal welfare policies, we work to abolish the worst forms of abuse and reduce the suffering of billions of farm animals, while working to encourage food companies to incorporate plant-based alternatives to their menus.

Through the Animal Policy Alliance (APA), we also work to enact meaningful change for animals and end large-scale animal cruelty through legislation and policy change.

Individually, we work to open people's eyes to the horrifying ways in which animals are treated in typical factory farm environments, empowering individuals to take action for the animals by reducing their consumption of animal products and through activism via the Fast Action Network.

As part of a broader animal protection movement, we work to share helpful resources, train other nonprofit organizations around the world, and build a welcoming, collaborative, and change-making community.

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.

Recognizing that we can have even greater impact through collaboration, The Humane League founded the Open Wing Alliance (OWA), a global coalition of animal protection organizations unified in the pursuit to end the abuse of chickens worldwide. The OWA, established by The Humane League in 2016, has grown into a global force of 100+ animal protection organizations across 72 countries in six continents. It is changing the way the worlds biggest companies treat animals and setting a new standard for corporate animal welfare policies locally - in every major market - and globally.

We also founded the Animal Policy Alliance (APA) to organize, unite, and empower local and state-level animal advocacy groups - pushing to bring the plight of farmed animals to the forefront of US public policy conversations. Our network of APA groups channels the grassroots power of a massive base of animal welfare advocates in the US, building relationships with legislators at the city, state, and federal levels and advocating for policies that help animals.

We've persuaded hundreds of companies to end the worst abuses of animals raised within our broken food system. Some of the world's biggest corporations have all enacted welfare policies to protect animals thanks to our tireless activism and campaigning. Through our international offices and the Open Wing Alliance, we continue to work to ban battery cages worldwide, and have secured over 3,000 commitments to spare chickens from abuse. This includes over 2,500 cage-free welfare commitments and over 600 broiler welfare commitments. As a result of the cage-free commitments we've secured, millions of chickens are now free from cages to spread their wings.

We also played a critical role in passing laws in Massachusetts and California to ban some of the most horrifying practices on farms such as veal crates and battery cage confinement.

Up next - We know empty promises won't empty cages. So when corporate giants who promised to stop confining hens to tiny battery cages aren't reporting tangible progress toward ending this abuse, we will hold them accountable with public reports and campaigns. And we'll keep working to pass and defend laws that improve the lives of chickens and other animals raised for food.

Finally, The Humane League will continue to work to build the movement for animals by training and empowering activists, inspiring individuals to make compassionate dietary choices, and supporting other groups through the OWA and APA.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Humane League

Board of directors
as of 01/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shannon Campion

Shannon Campion

No Affiliations

Alicia Rodriguez

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Yaqi Grover

No Affiliations

Jacob Eliosoff

Mark Middleton

Melody Hildebrandt

Neysa Colizzi

Craig Dunham

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes