Compassion in World Farming


What began in the late 1960s as a protest by a UK dairy farmer against the growing disconnect between modern agriculture and the wellbeing of animals and the environment, is now a powerful global movement with over one million supporters and representations in nine European countries, the US, China and South Africa.
Over the last 50 years CIWF has achieved profound and enduring advancements in farm animal welfare including the EU’s recognition of animals as sentient beings and landmark agreements to outlaw the barren battery cage for egg-laying hens, narrow veal crates and the partial ban on sow stalls across Europe.
CIWF aims to put an end to factory farming through reducing consumption of animal products and demanding higher welfare requirements for farm animals. A significant reduction in our consumption would ease the need to farm animals intensively, and thus would ease the pressure on our climate, on biodiversity and on natural resources like land, water and soil. Reducing consumption of animal products would increase the world’s food basket sufficiently to feed the estimated nine billion people populating the planet by 2050, without the need for a hectare more of farmland.
CIWF advocates for higher welfare requirements for farm animals. Animals raised in free-range systems can express their natural behaviours, resulting in happier animals with better immunity, reducing the risk of disease and need for veterinary antibiotics. Rearing animals this way is better for them and healthier for us. Rotational farms and naturally-reared animals benefit the environment. Free-range animals can wander fields and pasture and help to regenerate soils. Rotational farms would cut the amount of cereals and soya fed to farm animals and would help restore the natural environment.


To end factory farming for the benefit of animals, people and the planet. Factory farming causes immense animal suffering and drives the world's food resources, environment and wildlife into the ground. Compassion In World Farming works to change the game and spark a new era in agriculture and farm animal welfare, aiming to pioneer abundant, sustainable food that is free from animal cruelty- and for generations to come.
CIWF has adopted a three-pronged approach to achieving its vision:
1. To achieve recognition that global action is needed to end factory farming and reduce overall meat consumption in favour of post-industrial agriculture.
2. To drive legislation to achieve better standards of animal welfare through campaigning and advocacy.
3. To drive better animal welfare standards in the global food supply chain by working with food companies.

Geographic Focus

CIWF operates worldwide but has a particular focus on the UK, EU, U.S. and China.

Programme Areas

Ending factory farming and replacing it with a sustainable food system which treats animals with compassion and respect, works in harmony with the planet and can feed the world's growing population.
Ending the use of cages in animal farming.
Ending long distance live animal transport, as well as live animal exports outside the EU.
Reducing animal production and transitioning towards farming crops.
Reducing consumption of animal products by 25% by 2025 in developed countries.
Improving fish welfare.
Introducing honest food labelling.

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