ASPCA launches new $100,000 grant to support movement to end factory farming in the United States
Search for proposals by July 18 for projects that expose the harms of factory farming and accelerate the transition to a more humane food system
NEW YORK, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced $100,000 in grants that will be available to U.S. organizations and institutions this year, through the new ASPCA Fund to End Factory Farming. Building on more than 10 years of grantmaking dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals, this grantmaking initiative aims to generate new formal or informal research, evidence, reports and stories that further justify the urgent need to move away from conventional animal agriculture based on confinement. . Grants will generally range from $15,000–$25,000 to support projects that draw attention to the need to move towards more humane, healthy and sustainable on-farm practices in addition to reducing the overall consumption of animal products in favor of more plant-based foods.
At any given time, more than 1.6 billion chickens, pigs, cattle, and other land animals are raised for food in the United States, and approximately 10 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year. These animals are mostly raised in what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture industry call Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), also known as “factory farms,” which can contain dozens , even hundreds of thousands of animals. extremely crowded conditions. Besides being inhumane, factory farming is a major contributor to climate change and harms the health and well-being of workers, farmers and local communities. Despite this, only a web of loose laws and regulations govern these facilities.
“The lack of transparency around the harms of industrial animal agriculture has allowed this cruel form of animal production to dominate our food system,” said daisy freundVice President of Farm Animal Welfare at the ASPCA. “To activate policymakers, food companies and individuals, we need to shine a light on how destructive the status quo truly is and quantify the benefits of more compassionate and sustainable farming practices. The ASPCA Fund to End Farming industry will support the vast community of researchers, advocates and businesses proving there is a better way forward for animals, humans and the environment.”
Eligible projects must support the transition of farmers, consumers, legislators, businesses or institutional buyers from conventional animal agriculture to more humane, equitable and sustainable alternatives. Among other themes, the ASPCA seeks projects that quantify the financial burden industrial agriculture places on individuals or communities; reveal new benefits of more humane and sustainable food production – for example, higher welfare farming methods or plant-based products – for the environment, public health, local economies and the welfare of workers or farmers; and projects that explore new strategies to help farmers transition from conventional animal agriculture to more environmentally friendly, plant-based farming practices.
Since its founding in 1866, the ASPCA has worked to improve the lives of animals raised for food in United States and now offers a collection of publicly available resources as part of its Shop With Your Heart® program, launched five years ago to educate consumers, food companies and policymakers about more humane solutions. As part of this work, over the past 10 years, the ASPCA has distributed over $4 million to organizations focused on farm animal welfare – improving the lives of hundreds of millions of farm animals through direct care, research, educational campaigns and supporting farmers’ adoption of practices more human or transitions to alternative products.
Applications for the ASPCA Fund to End Factory Farming will be accepted from June 1-July 18. For more information on eligibility requirements or to submit a proposal, please visit ASPCApro.org/FarmRFP.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.org and follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.