Animal Rights

Radical activist organizations are leading the fight to grant animals the same legal rights as humans and eliminate the consumption of food and all other products derived from animals. The ideology of the animal rights movement- that animals are not ours to own, enjoy, or use in any way- is a direct assault on farmers and pet owners. Activists often hide their true agenda in order to gain the support of unknowing pet lovers. Here, you will find current updates from the world of animal rights. The Alliance monitors the activities of these activist groups and seeks to proactively engage in the same areas they target to correct misinformation and tell the true story of agriculture. The 2016 Animal Rights Conference Report can be found in our resource library as a members-only document. 

Animal rights organizations are strategically connected in many ways, including personnel and financial support. Click here to access a printable version of the above map.


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Meet the Activist Groups

Animal rights groups have increasingly turned their focus to agriculture, utilizing misleading undercover videos and multi-million dollar political campaigns in an effort to drive farmers and ranchers out of business. We have more than 70 profile reports available to members on various organizations that target animal agriculture, including environmental, animal rights, antibiotics-focused and alternative meat groups. The profiles include key programs, staff and if they have any connections to animal rights extremist groups along with quotes revealing their intentions and feelings towards animal agriculture. Click on one of the three graphics below to view our public group profiles or search our resource library!

Farm Security

Increasingly, animal rights extremists are targeting farms and processing plants with "undercover" video. These highly edited images are distributed to the media or posted on YouTube to influence public opinion and fundraise. In many cases, the activist videographer has left employment weeks/months before the videos are released, without having notified the farm owners or managers of any animal care concerns. These videos do not accurately reflect the animal care practices of today's farms. 

Latest Activist Campaigns

Direct Action Everywhere targets Norbest with undercover footage from several Utah turkey farms.

Animal Recovery Mission targets Publix with undercover footage from two Florida dairy farms.

Direct Action Everywhere targets Whole Foods and the Global Animal Partnership certification with undercover footage from a California chicken farm.

Direct Action Everywhere targets Smithfield Foods with undercover footage from a Utah pig farm.

HSUS targets Pilgrim's Pride with undercover footage from a Georgia chicken farm.

Mercy for Animals releases undercover footage from a chicken farm in Vancouver, Canada.

Compassion Over Killing targets Land O' Lakes and Dairy Farmers of America with undercover footage from a Pennsylvania dairy farm.

Resource Library

For more information on the Animal Rights Movement, including more than 25 years of resources on animal rights activists and groups, please visit our resource library. Begin your search here.

Featured Resources




Animal Agriculture Alliance issues statement on World Health Organization antibiotic report


Cooper Farms and Cattle Empire to Match Donations to Animal Agriculture Alliance on Giving Tuesday


Hundreds of college students come together for animal agriculture


Key Points from the 2017 National Animal Rights Conference


Animal Agriculture Alliance announces 2018 Stakeholders Summit

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