Breaking the Food Chain Myth

Claiming to be at the top of the food chain is a popular justification for eating animal products and an affirmation of our ability to violently dominate everyone. Yet justifications for violence that draw on notions of power and supremacy are based on the philosophy that “Might makes right” — the principle behind the worst atrocities and crimes of human history. Continue reading

One Survivor’s Story of Whole Foods Humane Hoax

They named her Mei Hua (Beautiful Flower), the sweet little hen DxE rescued from near death inside of a living hell, a Whole Foods egg supplier. Check out this moving video about the investigation and rescue of Mei Hua and the photos we obtained showing her transformation and rehabilitation. She is now living peacefully on a sanctuary in California. Continue reading

Animals Eat Other Animals, So Why Shouldn’t We?

Many people insist that eating animals is “natural” — and therefore morally neutral — because other animals eat animals. But it’s important to realize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, we’re not doing what animals do in nature. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products. Continue reading

The Story of How a Turkey Became My Best Friend

When I went to the kitchen to do dishes, he would stand intently by the sink and watch me do the dishes, he was so curious about my activity. He would get up on the sofa on cold or rainy days, and give the warning cry to me if he saw a hawk fly over. This bird that most people consider stupid would come if I called him by name, just like a dog. I cannot express how many hours of intense joy and love he gave to me. I only wish that love in this world could have been enough. Continue reading

Haunting Video of Two Loving Turkeys Who Escaped Slaughter

The timing of my introduction to Jesse was particularly synchronous. The song Jesse sent me, Waiting for the Birds to Strike, arrived just after co-investigator Olivier Berreville and I returned from a Granny’s Poultry turkey barn, where, contrary to company management assurances, we documented the same cruel and abusive loading of baby turkeys that we had two years prior (turkeys reach slaughter-weight at just a few months of age, still blue-eyed and peeping). We trailed the terrified turkeys to Granny’s slaughterhouse in Blumenort, Manitoba feeling absolutely helpless to stop their killing. Continue reading

Revolting Video of Turkey Breeding Looks Like Bestiality to Us

Domestic turkeys have been bred to be so large, they cannot mate naturally, so hens are forcibly “inseminated” several times. Males are masturbated to get their semen. A “milker” at a turkey breeding facility in Missouri describes his job: “I have never done such hard, dirty, disgusting work in my life: 10 hours of pushing birds, grabbing birds, wrestling birds, jerking them upside down, pushing open their vents, dodging their panic-blown excrement and breathing the dust stirred up by terrified birds.” Continue reading

Food, Animals, and Popular Culture: A Presentation by Robert Grillo

How has popular culture shaped and informed our food choices and our beliefs attitudes about animals in ways we rarely, if ever, become aware of? The reality is that all of us are exposed to a deluge of powerful stories from popular culture every day and in almost every social touchpoint — such as our commute to and from work by car, bus or train, watching TV or a movie, browsing the internet, having a meal out with friends or family, shopping at the grocery store, etc. And how do these stories compare with reality, the facts behind how our food is produced and, specifically, the lives of animals in agriculture? Continue reading

17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Our well-researched fact sheet on chickens bred for meat is intended as a snapshot of the most common conditions and practices in modern poultry farming. It serves as an ideal introduction to those who have little prior knowledge of the subject as well as a go-to page for animal advocates who need a concise educational resource for use with the general public. Continue reading

About Us

Free from Harm is a 501©(3) non profit charitable organization promoting farmed animal rescue, education and advocacy and registered in the state of Illinois. We are a hard-working group of professionals with diverse backgrounds coming together around a common cause. … Continue reading

Animal Agriculture

Of all the non human animals exploited by humans, 99.7% are animals are the “resources” used by animal agriculture. The remaining .3% consists of all of the others, according to Animal Charity Navigators research. This page is a gateway into exploring the business of animal agriculture, its norms and practices, and its use and treatment of farmed animals. Continue reading

Melanie Joy Presentation: Speaking Truth to Power

In April of 2013, Free from Harm helped organize what would be remembered as a very special, unforgettable event, featuring social psychologist and author Melanie Joy, who spoke to a group of 75 people in Chicago on the subject of social justice activism. In this eloquent talk, Joy introduces the Quaker expression, “Speaking Truth to Power” as a metaphor for activism and social change, and she opens by explaining how the movement to end the oppression of women relates to the movement to end the oppression of animals. Continue reading

Animal Law 101: What Is “Necessary” Animal Suffering?

In her new TED Talk, animal rights attorney Lesli Bisgould delivers a terrific overview of the problems with our legal system in protecting animals from the institutions that exploit them with impunity. She begins her talk with what we all tend to agree on, that harming animals unnecessarily is wrong, particularly in cases of individual animal victims and individual human perpetrators. And then she eloquently shifts our attention to how our legal system excludes billions of animals from legal protection from the same acts when there is an economic interest that relies on animals as resources. Continue reading

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