Better lives for barnyard friends is something that everyone wants, not matter what your diet. See the barnyard friends tag for species-specific info (to help animal fans, people who eat and farmers). Although we have some of the better animal welfare laws on earth, farm animals are exempt from many of the Five Freedoms given to other species, as they are classed as less sentient beings (this also applies to crustaceans). If you see a farm animal in distress, you can report it to the RSPCA, Animal Crimewatch or Crimestoppers (anonymous, if wished).
- Eating plants is obviously best. But if you are not ready for that, there are other ways to help. Only buy free-range organic foods if you eat animal items – more expensive, so just eat less. You can volunteer at a local farm sanctuary or even adopt some ex-battery hens, if it suits your circumstances.
- Compassion in World Farming is a charity set up by a concerned dairy farmer, and has already banned gestation crates (and fur farms in the UK). This site has a wealth of free information including checklists on what to look for, to ensure that eggs and meat etc really are more ethically produced. Most battery eggs are in processed mayo, cakes, biscuits & quiche.
- The Kind Store is an online store that sells over 100 independent zero waste vegan brands. 10% of profits go to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary, run on a shoestring by a woman who works as a firefighter in any spare time, to raise funds.
- Happy Animals is a fun & friendly book where children meet 6 barnyard friends, seeing them as sentient creatures.
- Unity Diner (4 min from Aldgate East, 8 min from Liverpool Street) uses profits from vegan food to help a sanctuary.