Why We Do This
The numbers are staggering – over 9 billion land animals slaughtered for food in the U.S. annually, and over 60 billion worldwide. Every animal we factory farm for food, without exception, suffers in unthinkable ways in the brutal and gruesome process of being slaughtered and butchered, or being kept alive in horrific conditions. Beyond farm animals, there are the atrocities suffered by wildlife including great apes, rhinos, elephants and giraffes, hunted for trophies, mutilated for tusks and horns, and suffering from poaching and habitat destruction. The last male northern White Rhino on earth died in 2018. Animals are tormented in laboratories, used for entertainment, for clothing, for marketing, and on and on.
ADP is deeply committed to reducing animal suffering and cruelty, which we are inflicting with appalling and increasing intensity and breadth. The 2018 Voiceless Animal Cruelty Index (VACI) tracks the animal welfare performance of fifty countries selected among the largest producers of farm animal products in the world.
Factors considered include:
- Recognition of animal sentience;
- The importance of animal protection as a societal value;
- Laws against causing animal suffering and cruelty;
- Protecting animals used in farming and animal research;
- Protecting animals in captivity and in the wild; and
- Protecting companion and recreation animals.
Of the 50 VACI countries, the U.S. ranks - shockingly - 49th.
There is obviously a great deal of very difficult work to be done, as underscored by our standing as more cruel, more inhumane and more abusive than at least 48 other countries. And we're fortunate to have a growing community of remarkable advocates and animal protection charities fighting our institutionalized cruelty and abuse. In the very difficult process of changing the way society treats and views animals, they face great resistance and countless obstacles - securing high quality legal services should not be one of them.
We want the animal protection community to know who we are and what we do. We want them to understand that they have an ally and partner, at the ready, who will provide them with excellent legal and related services at a price - free - they cannot afford to pass up.