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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The Official Free From Harm T-Shirt Is Here!

Free from Harm’s official logo t-shirt prominently features the full color Free from Harm logo and web address on the front and the evocative quote from author Leo Tolstoy on the back, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Our t-shirts are made from a heavyweight 5.3oz cotton in a natural color and are available in small, medium, large and extra large. At this time we are only shipping in the U.S. but hope to ship internationally in the near future. Continue reading

Does Evolution Have a Gun to Our Head to Eat Animals?

We’ve published an excerpt from the book, Meat Logic: Why We Eat Animals by author Charles Horn, with his permission. The book takes an in depth look at the many rationalizations people use for eating animal products. One very popular class of rationalizations assumes that evolution dictates our consumption of animal products, therefore rendering the behavior free of any moral consideration. Continue reading

Patrik Baboumian, World Record Strongman: My Strength Is My Compassion

“Strength must build up, not destroy. It should outdo itself, not others who are weaker. Used without responsibility, it causes nothing but harm and death. I can lift the heaviest weights, but I can not take the responsibility off my shoulders. Because the way we use our strength defines our fate. What traces will I leave on my path into the future? Do we really have to kill in order to live? My true strength lies in not seeing weakness as weakness. My strength needs no victims. My strength is my compassion.” Continue reading

Fish Exploited for Food Suffer Like Mammals and Birds

Co-authored by Mary Finelli and Robert Grillo “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and mammals…” — Dr Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University … Continue reading

Ezra, the Chicken Who Survived the Most Unbelievable Odds, Needs You!

Ezra is a strikingly handsome black rooster who was found in a cemetery by police after an eyewitness discovered him half-buried in the snow in front of a headstone. His legs were tightly bound with rope, to which had also been tied a small doll, ribbons, and a piece of fatty, raw meat. Ezra was likely the victim of a ritual sacrifice. Continue reading

Help Us Hire Writer/Editor and Social Media Coordinator Ashley Capps!

We’d like to take a moment to zero in on the most powerful way you can help us grow in 2014: help us hire Ashley Capps as our full-time writer, researcher, editor and social media coordinator. Ashley’s recent work for Free from Harm has brought a record volume of traffic to our website, resulting in more than one million additional visitors in the last six months alone. By bringing her on full-time we can attract millions more to our educational website, as well as reach millions on Facebook! Continue reading

Bikini Turkeys and Prostitute Chickens: The Sexualized Death Wish

This short video piece featuring Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, provides a very powerful snapshot of how chickens and turkeys are sexualized by popular culture, linking the oppression of women and animals, and exposing the cultural myth that animals want to be consumed in the same manner that women want to be exploited and used as sex objects. Continue reading