The numbers are staggering – over nine billion land animals are slaughtered for food in the U.S. annually, and over 60 billion worldwide. Each of those factory farmed animals suffers in unthinkable ways in the brutal and gruesome process of being raised and slaughtered.
"If animals could speak, mankind would weep."
Wild animals are brought to the U.S. and left to spend a lifetime in zoos and cages, or worse. Whales, seals and dolphins are forced to live for decades in filthy pens hardly bigger than they themselves. Companion animals are neglected, or live in abject terror anticipating the next round of abuse inflicted by the people responsible to care for them. None of these animals has any means by which to protect or extricate themselves.
The 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. Of the 50 VACI countries, the U.S. ranks - shockingly - 49th. That is, our country stands as more cruel, more inhumane and more abusive than at least 48 other countries that were reviewed.
There is a dire need to fight this institutionalized cruelty. And it can only be accomplished through the relentless hard work to which our clients are deeply devoted. ADP gives our clients a fuller opportunity to do what they do best—fight to save animals from abuse and suffering—while leaving to us what we do best—provide excellent free legal counsel—all in support of our common goal.