The death of 800,000 joeys every year is 'collateral damage' in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet.
Animals are sentient beings with their own rich, complex emotional and social lives. Like us, they feel joy and pain. And, like us, they want to be safe from harm and cruelty. Through science-based research, law and education, Voiceless explores the key issues in animal protection.
Pigs are social and intelligent animals who naturally live in family groups, yet on factory farms, pregnant pigs live in small metal and concrete cages barely larger than the mother pig’s body.
The meat chicken industry aims to produce the most meat in the shortest time and for the least cost – an approach fundamentally at odds with chicken welfare.
Each year around 450,000 calves, considered 'wastage', are taken from their mothers and either killed on-farm or sent for commercial slaughter within just five days of being born.
'Battery' hens are confined to small cages, unable to perform their most natural behaviours. They stand permanently on sloping wire causing chronic pain in their feet.
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Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI)
The VACI is the first interactive Index to evaluate and rank countries according to farm animal cruelty. This global education resource is grounded in research and data analysing the nature, extent and intensity of cruelty associated with farm animal production and consumption. Fifty countries have been evaluated, accounting for almost 80% of the world's farm animal production.