A Dire Need

"If animals could speak, mankind would weep."

Anthony Douglas

Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)
Lambs marked for slaughter desperately try to get back to their mothers. (Photographer Unknown)

The numbers are staggering – over 9 billion land animals are 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 raised, slaughtered and butchered.

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's standing 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 awfulness. And it can only be accomplished through the incremental changes to which our clients are deeply devoted. ADP gives our clients a fuller opportunity to do what they 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.