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Factory farming of animals is a practice that has developed over the last seventy years. The farming industry has sought to create higher food production at lower cost to meet consumer demands. They have done this primarily by increasing stocking density. We think this practice is ethically and sustainably flawed.

We believe that farming has become too intensive… and that too many animals being farmed these days have sad, sad lives. So we have set out to change that.

To borrow the sentiments of renowned animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin, “… using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”


The Five Freedoms

Freedom Farms’ standards are based on the ‘Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare’, a framework for good animal husbandry established by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council in 1965. The framework is sometimes referred to as Branbell’s Freedoms and is highly regarded by organisations including the Animal Welfare Institute in the US; the RSPCA in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; the World Organisation for Animal Health; the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and are referred to in the UN Declaration on the Welfare of Animals.

Click on the headings below to learn more about what the Five Freedoms mean on for Freedom Farms producers…