THE POWER OF UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS
Investigations are the most powerful tool we have to expose the cruel and abusive treatment of animals inside the secretive world of industrial animal agriculture.
Our undercover investigators document and help end horrific animal abuse. Their work is frequently featured in the media, encouraging consumers to make more informed decisions each time they choose what to eat. It also persuades policymakers and companies to make meaningful changes for animals.
A GLOBAL IMPACT
Since we were founded in 2006, Animal Equality investigators have filmed inside more than 700 factory farms and slaughterhouses across 13 countries. The footage we have obtained has helped launch several major campaigns that have changed the world for animals. Several of our investigations have been first of their kind looks into the secretive animal agriculture industry. In 2008, Animal Equality made history when we became the first organization to infiltrate slaughterhouses in Spain. In both Mexico and Brazil, we conducted the first ever investigations into the cruel egg industry, igniting conversations about the way animals are treated.
CREATING PROGRESS FOR ANIMALS
Our investigations have helped inform the legislative process in several countries. Following an Animal Equality investigation, we introduced legislation to the Mexican Senate that would criminalize cruelty to farmed animals.
At the European Parliament, a measure to develop a ban on cages for rabbits was successfully passed. This was, according to Politico magazine, a direct result of Animal Equality’s work. Investigations are also an important tool for shutting down animal exploitation facilities.
Following Animal Equality investigations, the Government of India banned the import of foie gras, introduced rules and measures for the protection of cattle, chicken and hens.
Our brave investigators have a mission: exposing animal cruelty. They go to great lengths to ensure that defenseless animals are given a voice. Investigators document the shocking yet standard practices on factory farms by going undercover.
Combining social media with advanced technologies, they live stream hidden camera footage over the Internet. They go underwater to film the brutal killing of tuna and take to the sky with drones to film the environmental impacts of industrial farming. The pioneering use of 360-degree cameras gives the global public a virtual first-hand view inside cruel factory farms. It is changing people’s attitudes towards farmed animals.
Our brave team of investigators also go underwater to capture shocking images of cruelty. This endeavor is challenging, but necessary, as aquatic animals are some of the most abused on the planet. Animal Equality meets these unique difficulties with creativity and by using modern devices. Our underwater work has uncovered cruelty such as the killing of tuna in Carloforte Italy, a first of its kind investigation that was featured in the documentary Cowspiracy.
360-degree virtual reality
As technology advances so do we, that is why Animal Equality has pioneered the use of 360-degree virtual reality cameras to film animal abuse. Animal Equality was the first organization to shoot with 360 cameras and release virtual reality films giving viewers a uniquely realistic perspective inside farms and slaughterhouses.
Using these modern devices to film waste pools from the air to prove the massive pollution of factory farming in Spain and Italy, or to show the cruelty behind the largest ritual killing in the world in Nepal, Animal Equality reaches the sky to help animals around the world.
Animal Equality’s nationwide investigation reveals the horrific cruelties inflicted on cattle and how laws related to animal welfare, environment, food safety and human rights are rampantly violated. About 107 dairy farms, 11 cattle markets, 8 slaughterhouses and 7 meat markets were covered in this investigation.
Egg industry's cruel and illegal practices exposed
Animal Equality’s investigation in egg farms revealed how four to eight hens crammed in a cage no bigger than two A4 sheets of papers. Hens were seen stepping on each other in an attempt to find space to move. Hens were suffering from sore, cracked and deformed feet from the wire floor of cages.
Abuse and suffering inflicted on chickens for meat
Animal Equality’s nationwide investigation into chicken farms and meat shops exposes the cruel practices adopted by the chicken farms which violate the most basic animal welfare and food safety standards.
What can I do to help?
Helping farmed animals is now easier than it has ever been. Today, a trip to the supermarket reveals there are more cruelty-free plant-based options than ever before. Leaving animals off your plate will spare hundreds of them from a lifetime of misery, and it will help the planet and benefit your health.
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